Separation tactics help Russia gain an advantage in eastern Ukraine

Separation tactics help Russia gain an advantage in eastern Ukraine 4
Separation tactics help Russia gain an advantage in eastern Ukraine 4

After weeks of deadlock, the Russian army seems to have found a new way to make progress in eastern Ukraine, by dividing its forces, seeking to close the siege with small targets, and separating defense forces from the enemy.

Such shelling of isolated targets is said to have caused significant casualties among Ukraine’s defense forces in the Donbass region.

This means Ukraine could lose up to 3,000 troops per month, and the number of wounded soldiers could be three or four times as many.

A May 24 report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), headquartered in the US capital, Washington, stated that Russian forces last week controlled more areas than in early May, especially the

T-64BV tank belonging to the armed unit of the self-proclaimed Lugangsk Republic near the village of Toshkovka, southwest of the city of Severodonetsk, Ukraine on May 23.

Serhiy Hadai, governor of Lugansk province, said the number of shelling attacks on Severodonetsk is increasing exponentially.

Experts say the Russian advance in Donbass is not too impressive, but shows the results of the new strategy.

Eduard Basurin, commander of the armed unit of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), confirmed that Russian forces and separatists are trying to create small sieges to cut off supply lines and separate supply troops.

Logistics for the Russian campaign in Donbass are also much more convenient, thanks to the shorter route from the Russian border to the region.

Separation tactics help Russia gain an advantage in eastern Ukraine

War situation in the Donbass region, eastern Ukraine after more than three months of fighting.

Nick Reynolds, an army warfare expert at the British Royal Armed Forces Research Institute, said Russia is shifting its campaign to smaller targets, allowing them to control towns like Popasna and Rubizhne.

Facing the risk of losing power, Ukraine is urging the West to provide more powerful weapons, including M270 long-range rocket artillery.

Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik said the country needs more powerful weapons, and affirmed that Kiev and the West `should not underestimate Russia when its forces have only made limited progress in Donbass`.

Rudik said she talked to Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines every day, and one problem they faced was that the heavy weapons promised by the West would take at least two months to reach the fighting zone.

Ukraine was able to prevent Russia from attacking the capital Kiev and the city of Kharkov in the early stages of the war, but could not repel Russian forces from the areas they controlled in the south and east.

Separation tactics help Russia gain an advantage in eastern Ukraine

Day 93 of war in Ukraine: Russia overwhelms the enemy in Donbass

Russian 2S7M Malka self-propelled guns shelled Ukrainian positions in a video released on May 27.

It took Russia three months to control Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine.

There are signs that Russian officials are satisfied with the current progress of the campaign in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the biggest threat to Ukraine is that the West becomes tired or lacks solidarity if the fighting lasts too long.

`The West must focus relentlessly on Ukraine and be willing to accept pain. President Putin believes that the West will increasingly lose focus on this issue, while Russia has a higher spirit of patience,` Mr. Osborn

Separation tactics help Russia gain an advantage in eastern Ukraine

Fighting developments in Lugansk province, Ukraine last week.

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