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AFU were preparing an operation to de-occupy Kakhovka HPP

Jun 7, 2023

The Ukrainian Armed Forces were preparing an operation to de-occupy the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant. This was stated by Italian military expert Thomas Tanner in an interview with Bild.

According to him, Ukraine was "preparing an operation involving special forces, paratroopers, marines, boats and helicopters to de-occupy the dam."

In this way, the Ukrainian Armed Forces wanted to ensure that Russia would not blow up the dam to wash away the pontoon crossings that were allegedly planned to be set up across the Dnipro during the counteroffensive.

Tainer believes that today's dam breach will temporarily complicate the creation of pontoon crossings, as the scouted locations where they were planned are now flooded.

"As a result, the existing pontoon blocks are no longer sufficient to build a bridge across the river," the expert added.

For the Ukrainian Armed Forces, this means a delay of 1-2 weeks to scout for new berths for pontoon bridges.

"Until then, this flank of the Russians is protected from a Ukrainian attack," says Tanner.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 07/06/2023

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