Russian Army Concentration and Potential Advance in Eastern Ukraine: Updates and Concerns

2023-07-18 09:41:00
2023-07-18 17:41 United Daily News compiled Zhou Chenyang/Real-time report Ukrainian Armed Forces Eastern Bloc spokesman Chilevati said that the Russian army concentrated a non-…

Military news website “Warzone” reported that Ukrainian military leaders said on the 17th that they were increasingly concerned about Russia’s potential advance in the northeastern Kharkiv state, which could jeopardize the Ukrainian army’s own counteroffensive.

“In the direction of Lyman and Kupiansk, the enemy is concentrated It has built a very powerful force, more than 100,000 troops, more than 900 tanks, more than 550 artillery systems and 370 multiple rocket launchers.”

Chirewati also pointed out that, for comparison, “the maximum number of Soviet troops in Afghanistan is 120,000.”

The 100,000 claimed by the Ukrainian army is bafflingly large, and while Warzone itself cannot verify it, even a sizable portion of the reported figure would be highly concerning. Chirevati pointed out that the Russian army is concentrating all its forces to break through the Ukrainian defenses. “Our soldiers are on the defensive. They will not allow the enemy to finally seize the opportunity, which is why they are constantly hitting them.”

According to the “Paper Airplane” channel of the Ukrainian Military Media Center, General Oleksander Syrskyi, the commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, said on the same day, “The combat situation in the eastern direction is still difficult. Offensive operations, the enemy is actively moving reinforcements and tools in this direction, (including some) airborne troops”.

At the same time, the Russian army “launched an offensive in the direction of Kupyansk” with the goal of “defeating our forces in the Kupyansk area and continuing the attack in the depths of our battle formations,” Sersky said.

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