Head of the Zaporozhye Regional Military Administration Alexander Starukh considers the offensive of the Russian army in the Zaporozhye direction unlikely in the near future, however, the occupiers have accumulated enough forces to hold the occupied lines. He stated this on briefing September 20th.
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According to Starukh, after the successful counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, the occupiers began “quite often” to hit the power supply system in the Zaporozhye region.
On average, according to him, the Russians carry out about 100 shellings in the region per day.
“In terms of the intensity of hostilities, there are no “hot” clashes, as in April, March, and summer. So far, the enemy is building up strength,” said Starukh.
He noted that Zaporozhye is the road from Donetsk to the Kherson region, therefore a certain contingent of Russian troops is constantly present in the region, which can be transferred to the east or west.
“An offensive is possible in the Zaporozhye direction, but it is unlikely at the moment. It is still raining – this complicates any intensification of hostilities … At the same time, the enemy has accumulated sufficient forces to hold the lines. Unfortunately, they had time to equip a layered defense in during the summer and the end of spring. Therefore, they focus their efforts precisely on holding the borders,” the head of the UVA noted.
- On September 15, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia was transferring reserves to the Donbass and Zaporozhye.
- On the night of September 19, the invaders launched a missile attack on a transformer substation in Zaporozhye – one of the districts of the city was partially de-energized. In the morning, the Russians fired two more S-300 missiles.
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