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Breaking through Russian defenses is of great tactical importance

Aug 18, 2023

The counteroffensive of Ukrainian troops near Robotyno and Urozhayne in the southern direction is likely to be of great tactical importance due to the structure of Russian defensive lines.

This is reported with reference to a recent ISW report.


According to experts, the three-echeloned Russian defensive line in southern Ukraine is comprised of a first line of minefields stretching several kilometers deep; a second line with artillery, equipment, and personnel concentrations; and a third line of rear positions meant to preserve resources.

It is assumed that a breakthrough of the defense line in several settlements could allow the Ukrainian Armed Forces to launch operations in the areas behind the densest minefields. If the areas around the second Russian defense line are not as heavily mined, this is likely to facilitate a more rapid Ukrainian offensive.

On August 16, the Ukrainian Armed Forces liberated the village of Urozhayne, which is located near Staromayorske in the Donetsk region. As noted at the time by Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Hanna Malyar, Ukrainian offensive continues.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 18/08/2023

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