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Russia's winter-spring offensive failed and switched to defense

Apr 17, 2023

The Russian winter-spring offensive officially failed on March 31, 2023, and they went on the defensive.


This was stated in an interview with NV by the head of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov.

- On March 31, 2023, another attempt of the Russian offensive, the so-called winter-spring offensive, failed. They were supposed to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Again, this was not even the fifth failed attempt. Russia has no offensive potential for a strategic offensive operation at the moment. And it will not have it shortly," he said.

In addition, Budanov said that Russia has switched to a strategic defensive operation, its task being to hold the seized territories, disrupting the Ukrainian offensive to liberate them.

- There are two exceptions. The first is the attempt to capture Bakhmut. I must also say frankly that they have been almost conquering Bakhmut, according to their statements, since June 2022. It will soon be a calendar year. The situation there is complicated, but Bakhmut is still standing. The second is an attempt to half-capture Avdiivka from the northern side, where the main front of Maryinka is located, basically an attempt to take active action there. That's all. The rest of the line is on the defensive," he said.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 18/04/2023

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