The Ukrainians announce that they have “stopped” the advance of the Russians from Kharkiv. ISW: The Russians lack the maneuverability to encircle Kharkiv

The Ukrainians announce that they have “stopped” the advance of the Russians from Kharkiv. ISW: The Russians lack the maneuverability to encircle Kharkiv
The Ukrainians announce that they have “stopped” the advance of the Russians from Kharkiv. ISW: The Russians lack the maneuverability to encircle Kharkiv
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Russian forces are currently conducting small-scale offensive operations along the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Kharkiv region (northeastern Ukraine) and continue to make “significant tactical territorial gains” in areas where Ukrainian defenses are weakened. However, the number of Russian units involved in these attacks is limited, suggesting that Moscow does not intend to launch a large-scale offensive operation to envelop, encircle or capture the city of Kharkiv, the latest analysis shows. of the Institute for the Study of War. At the same time, the Ukrainian army announced that it had succeeded in “stopping” the Russian offensive in the Kharkiv region, although fighting continues.

“Russian forces will likely call into battle reserves in an attempt to intensify offensive operations in the region in the coming days, but Russian forces do not have sufficient forces to attempt a large-scale offensive operation to envelop, surround or capture the city of Kharkiv , according to current information,” the ISW analysis states.

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A Ukrainian military spokesman said the Russian advance on Kharkiv had been “halted” on May 11 and that the Russians had made no further territorial advances.

“The enemy is fixed in the gray area and is not moving further,” said Nazar Volosyn, a spokesman for the Ukrainian forces group in the region.

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According to Ukrainian sources cited by ISW, the Russians committed two companies of the 7th Motorized Infantry Regiment and up to two battalions of the 18th Motorized Infantry Brigade – part of the 11th Army Corps, Leningrad Military District – to the Kharkov offensive.

In addition, elements of the 30th Motorized Infantry Regiment (part of the 72nd Motorized Infantry Division, 44th Army Corps, Leningrad Military District – DML) and the 128th Motorized Infantry Brigade (44th Corps/DML) also operate in the region.

In total, Ukrainian sources estimate that the Russians have deployed 2,000 troops along the front line and have another 1,500-2,000 in reserve.

Also in the region, the Russians could bring another 3,750 troops in the next week.

In total, the Russian army’s “North” group of forces numbers between 30,000 – 35,000 soldiers, deployed along the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Russian regions of Kursk, Briansk and Belgorod

The deputy head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Major General Vadim Skibitsky, estimated that the Russians are trying to concentrate between 50-75,000 soldiers in the region.

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Kharkiv, the Ukrainians claim to have managed to destroy at least 20 Russian tanks. ISW estimates that Russia’s offensive operations in the Kharkiv area are aimed at drawing Ukrainian units from other areas of the front and allowing Russian forces to advance so as to bring the city of Kharkiv within range of Moscow’s artillery.

Editor: Mihnea Lazar

The article is in Romanian

Tags: Ukrainians announce stopped advance Russians Kharkiv ISW Russians lack maneuverability encircle Kharkiv

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