The Russians caught a number of agents, but those who survived are part of a new strategy of the Ukrainian army, which is short of weapons and men.
A selection of comments, analyzes and reports from foreign media
Due to the stalemate on the front line, the Ukrainians are now trying to get behind it. All the way to the occupied territory to, as one Ukrainian official said, “knock at least a few teeth out of Russia’s mouth.”
Kyiv activated the guerrilla network in late July, when its elite special forces stepped up operations in the occupied territory and began making more intensive use of armed drones.
“Ukrainian partisans have a very dangerous job. But their single hit represents a huge success.”
The delivery of American HIMARS guided missile launchers, which extended the range of the Ukrainian army up to 80 kilometers behind the Russian front line, also helped.
The aim was to shoot behind enemy lines and “teach the Russians what confusion is,” said one Ukrainian official, who asked not to be named.
The Ukrainian attacks forced the Russians to devote time and resources to defending their own bases, slowing their efforts to move supplies closer to the front.
Attacks in Crimea
Among the most visible Ukrainian attacks on the occupied territories was the destruction of the Russian air base in Crimea, which greatly unnerved the entire peninsula.
Another was the explosion on the main railway bridge in Melitopol. However, sometimes Ukrainian efforts do not bring many results.
In the north, civilian drones are searching for Russian artillery units. But successful interventions are rare, another Ukrainian officer admitted to the Financial Times.
“Ukrainians are doing what the French Resistance did in World War II – reducing the enemy’s ability to defend targets and infrastructure.”
The Russians also continue to attack Kharkiv with rockets. In the south, Ukraine is sending two-man sniper teams on weekly missions into the wooded “no man’s land” between Russian and Ukrainian positions to eliminate senior military commanders, according to another officer.
It is said to be very slow and dangerous work, but even a single hit represents a huge success.
Also in occupied cities like Melitopol, partisans have been making themselves known in recent weeks with a series of smaller explosions. They also carried out a bomb attack on a car driven by a Ukrainian collaborator, a local official told the British newspaper.
The Ukrainians are doing what the French Resistance did in World War II – reducing the enemy’s ability to defend targets and infrastructure. This is how a retired British special forces member who trained the Ukrainians commented on their actions.
The overall impact of guerrilla actions terrifies the Russians. After the attack on the Saki air base in Crimea, they changed the commander of the Black Sea Fleet. According to an unnamed Western official, the Russian regime is frantically looking for the culprits.
The attacks on the Crimean peninsula demonstrated Ukraine’s ability to conduct operations behind Russian lines thanks to a combination of incredibly brave people and newly acquired capabilities.
But he must persevere
But it is difficult to estimate whether this effort has fundamentally undermined Russia’s military power, notes the Financial Times. In order for the activity to have any tangible meaning, the Ukrainians would have to maintain its current level, according to the quoted Western representative.
Explosives, caches and flyers. In the territories occupied by Russia, Ukrainian partisans resisted
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The Russians have moved their munitions depots and command centers further from the front line and are calmly shelling Ukrainian positions. Using this strategy, they have already controlled a fifth of the Ukrainian territory.
One Ukrainian official said that in the past two weeks, another 8,000 Russian paratroopers have taken up positions in occupied Kherson, which Ukraine wants to retake, and in Mykolaiv, which the Russians are constantly attacking.
According to him, from there, these Russian paratroopers can get to where they want in two hours.
Kyiv is hoping that its tactics of intervening behind the front line will also have a psychological effect on tired opponents.
“Imagine that you are a Russian soldier and every day a bomb explodes near you. Do you think such a soldier can sleep peacefully at night?” the Financial Times quotes one of the Ukrainian politicians.
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