The besieged nuclear plant cut off the main power line after the bombing

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Kyiv, Ukraine – Fighting escalates as the war in Ukraine extends into its seventh month, as Ukraine seeks to exploit Russian weaknesses in the south and Moscow suggests it may reinforce its forces in the east to renew its stalled campaign.

The Ukrainian army has imposed sweeping restrictions on journalists as its forces launch a counterattack to retake Russian-occupied lands in the south of the country. The Russians jumped into the void, trying to describe the counterattack – a week later – as a failure, without providing evidence to support the claims.

The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, said in Friday analysis. Analysts wrote that complex counterattacks could not be resolved within days, and visual evidence indicated that Ukraine continued to bomb Russian supply lines and logistics centers.

The Ukrainian offensive focuses on isolating and attacking Russian forces entrenched west of the Dnipro River.

Britain’s military intelligence agency said on Saturday that Ukraine’s offensive operations, focused on three axes, “likely achieved a degree of tactical surprise; exploiting weak logistics, management and command in the Russian armed forces”.

Ukraine has been publicly referring to the attack for weeks, and Russia is racing to move equipment and reserves into the region to bolster its defensive positions, according to the Ukrainian military and its Western allies.

Military analysts said between 15,000 and 25,000 Russian soldiers may now be stationed in western Dnipro.

“We are relentlessly destroying enemy logistics routes, reserves, observation points and enemy morale,” the Ukrainian Army’s Southern Command said on Saturday. It did not provide more details than to say that “local battles” are taking place throughout the southern region of Kherson.

The area is a vast expanse of wide open grasslands, swamps, and steppes, leaving any advancing powers vulnerable to Russian artillery.

attributed to him…Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Despite reporting restrictions and warnings from the Ukrainian military to keep details of the attack quiet, the videos and explosion accounts Kherson’s shaking began appearing on social media offering a glimpse into the fierce battles underway. Many of the videos and accounts could not be independently verified and military analysts cautioned against reading too much into any one excerpt of information.

It is important to set reasonable expectations of what Ukraine can achieve even in a limited offensive in the Kherson region, said Jack Watling, Research Fellow and Land War Specialist at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute.

“Major offensive operations require a large set of reserves because even if a small force is capable of breaking through the opponent’s lines, exploiting this breach to occupy large areas of territory requires pushing the new forces forward after the breach,” he wrote. .

As the battle over the south escalates, Ukrainian military intelligence said in recent days that the latest gathering of the Russian army – the 3rd Army Corps – is likely to be deployed in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, where Russia’s advance has stalled for weeks.

This will be the first major new formation of forces sent by the Kremlin since then launch a campaign To bring in new recruits – although military analysts doubted the combat readiness of the rally.

An analysis by the Institute for the Study of War said: “Photos of the elements of the Third Corps showed that the volunteers were physically unfit and elderly.”

It was not immediately clear how many soldiers are in the new formation or where they will be deployed.

In a recent analysis, Britain’s Defense Intelligence Agency said the influx of new soldiers was “unlikely to be decisive in the campaign”.

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