About it to the public told Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the United Press Center of the Defense Forces of the Tavria Region.
“The enemy distributed resources. If you count the three lines for 100%, then it is 60-20-20. That is, the first line of defense was densely mined, concrete fortifications, a large number of anti-tank weapons. The second line also cannot be dismissed and said that it is somehow not There are also quite powerful fortifications here, quite competently built, but here we already have the opportunity to maneuver equipment and troops,” he commented.
The spokesman said that there are fewer minefields on the second line of defense than on the first line of defense, “but you should not think that they will be easy to take.”
The first line of defense was demined by Ukrainian fighters by hand, “because the enemy targeted any equipment and tried to destroy it. That’s why it had to be withdrawn.”
He said. that the demining of the second line of defense of the occupiers will be complex, because now the Armed Forces have the opportunity to cover the infantry.
“On the first line of defense, we broke through a narrow path, and equipment and infantry could not go left or right, because there were dense minefields. Here we entered the territory on which we can maneuver and the enemy will also have to act somehow,” – Stupun explained.
The actions of the Russians
Oleksandr Shtupun reported that the Russians are bringing their reserves and landing units to the defense.
“The enemy is acting, the enemy continues to dig in, the enemy is raising reserves. Well, what is the quality of those reserves, they are already a little less. But now the enemy has started to use airborne units in defense, which in principle is not characteristic of them. Because, as the Russians say, this is their elite counts, so if they are already using their so-called elite in defensive battles, then something is wrong with them,” he said.
Enemy actions in the Zaporozhye direction
“The day before yesterday, the enemy tried to carry out offensive actions in Mariintka head-on, but nothing succeeded. Now the enemy is trying to break through to the north and south. These are Novomykhailivka and Krasnohorivka, and active combat operations are also ongoing in the Robotyny area,” said the spokesman of of the joint press center of the Defense Forces of the Tavri direction.
The situation in the direction of Verbovoy
Shtupun says that Ukrainian troops are entrenched in the direction of Verbovoy, are waging a powerful counter-battery fight, trying to destroy Russian artillery, disrupt their logistics, and continue the systematic destruction of field ammunition depots.
- Ukrainian troops have decisively broken through Russia’s first line of defense near Zaporizhzhia after weeks of painstaking demining, and are expecting faster gains as they press against the weaker second line, the interview with The Guardian Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, who leads the southern counteroffensive.