The British Ministry of Defense explained in a daily briefing that the new Russian line is likely to be between the Oskol River and Svatove, about 150 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv, the second largest city. from Ukraine.
This new Russian strategy was adopted after a Ukrainian counter-offensive managed to break through the previous front line. Ukrainian forces managed to retake several areas in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, which borders Russia.
Moscow probably considers maintaining control of this area important, since this is where one of the main supply routes that Russia still controls passes.underlined the British army.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to cross the Oskol River and attempt to continue the counteroffensive targeting Russian-occupied territory, according to the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War.
The Institute mentioned in its report on Saturday that satellite images indicate that Ukrainian forces crossed the eastern bank of the Oskol, in Kupyansk, to place artillery there. The river, which flows from southern Russia into Ukraine, has been seen as a natural separation in the front lines since Ukraine launched its push about a week ago.
” Russian forces are likely too weakened to prevent further Ukrainian advances along the entire Oskol River, should Ukrainian forces choose to resume offensive operations. »
Videos circulating online on Saturday showed Ukrainian forces also continuing to take land in the beleaguered east of the country.
The bombings continue
Elsewhere in Ukraine, Russian forces continued to pound towns and villages with missile strikes and shelling. A Russian missile attack early Saturday sparked a fire in Kharkiv’s industrial zone, according to regional governor Oleg Syniehubov. Firefighters extinguished the flames.
Mr Syniehubov pointed out that the remnants of the missiles indicate that the Russians fired S-300 surface-to-air missiles at the city. The S-300 is designed to hit missiles or aircraft in the sky, not ground targets. According to some analysts, Russia’s use of these missiles for ground attacks therefore suggests that it could lack precision ammunition.
In the Zaporizhia region, much of which is occupied by the Russians, one person was injured after Russian forces shelled the town of Orikhiv, according to regional governor Oleksandr Starukh. He added that Russian troops had also shelled two villages in the area, destroying several civilian installations there.
The central Dnipro region was also the target of fire during the night, according to its governor, Valentyn Reznichenko.deadly projectiles at peaceful towns and villages”,”text”:”The enemy attacked six times and launched more than 90 deadly projectiles at peaceful towns and villages”}}”>The enemy attacked six times and launched more than 90 deadly projectiles on peaceful towns and villagessaid Mr. Reznichenko.
Refueling at the power station
Meanwhile, Ukrainian atomic energy operator Energoatom said a 25-truck convoy had delivered diesel fuel and other essential supplies to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest. Its last reactors were shut down a week ago to prevent fighting in the region from leading to a radioactive disaster.
The trucks were allowed through Russian checkpoints on Friday to deliver spare parts for repairing damaged power lines, chemicals for plant operation and extra fuel for emergency diesel generators, it said. specified Energoatom in a press release.
The six-reactor plant has been occupied by Russian forces since March, but is still operated by Ukrainian engineers. Its last reactor was shut down on Sunday after repeated power outages due to bombings endangered crucial safety systems.