London/Kyiv – Ukrainian forces likely achieved some tactical surprise with the offensive in the south of the country, taking advantage of poor logistics, management and leadership in the Russian military. This was reported by British military intelligence via Twitter
Ministry of Defense. However, according to her, the operations of Ukrainian forces west of the Dnipro River have only limited immediate goals.
Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine - 3 September 2022— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) September 3, 2022
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On the night of today, Russian troops carried out rocket attacks on the cities of Kramatorsk and Slovyansk in the east of Ukraine, where they hit several businesses and caused a fire. The head of the Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed about this on his Telegram account. The attack resulted in one injury.
In addition to the Russian-occupied Kherson region, fighting also continues in the Donbass and around Kharkiv. The Russian command is facing a major decision on where to send any combat-ready reserve units it can mobilize, according to British intelligence.
According to a report on Friday by the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which cited Ukrainian sources, Russia could withdraw an additional 300,000 to 350,000 units of support military personnel from Russia, Syria, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Nagorno-Karabakh. But these numbers can be misleading, as combat-deployed support units do not produce sufficient combat power and are needed for training and support combat operations, according to ISW.
On Friday, Russian troops carried out ground attacks near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region and in the western and northern suburbs of Donetsk. According to ISW, the Russians are also moving military equipment from the rear areas of the battlefield to the south of Ukraine, specifically from the Donbass and Crimea.
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