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Ukrainian offensives in Bakhmut and Kherson region distract Russian troops

16 October, 2023 Monday
12:48

While the main action unfolds in the south, two other battlegrounds are vital for Ukraine: the Bakhmut front and the left-bank Kherson region. Despite initial challenges, these areas hold strategic importance

Defense Express offers a look at the developing situations in these crucial frontlines.

Ukraine's persistent attacks in Bakhmut and the Kherson region serve a critical purpose. They keep Russian forces engaged, preventing them from moving south to counter Ukraine's offensive, according to experts from the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS).

Eastern front

CSIS experts use this term for battles in Donetsk, Kupyansk, and Lyman sectors. In the summer of 2023, Ukraine achieved limited successes, primarily through counterattacks in the southwest and northwest near Bakhmut.

These operations have tied up a significant number of Russian forces that might have otherwise reinforced the southern defense. However, the liberation of key cities such as Horlivka, Donetsk, and Makiivka remains a distant goal due to strong Russian fortifications.

Dnipro front

In the left-bank Kherson region, Ukrainian troops maintain a bridgehead. They use small boats to infiltrate and return safely, effectively binding Russian forces.

The main aim here is to prevent the movement of Russian troops to the south or east. Ukrainian commanders intend to facilitate larger river crossings in the future, but amphibious operations are complex and demanding.

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