Russia is picking up the keys to the liberation of Kupyansk, by Andrey Rezchikov for VZGLYAD. 08.09.2023.
Experts explained the advancement of the Russian Armed Forces in the Kupyansk direction.
The Russian military are advancing in the Kupyansk direction. Now the liberation of Kupyansk - one of the key transport hubs - is acquiring more distinct prospects. What are the features of the advance of Russian troops and what prospects open up for the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation if success develops in this direction?
The liberation over the past few days of five settlements in the Kupyansk direction has become a "serious indicator" for the Russian military. This was stated by the head of the administration of the Kharkiv region Vitaly Ganchev. According to him, the movement of Russian forces "deep into enemy territory is quite active."
At the beginning of the month, the assault detachments of the group of Russian troops "West" took up more advantageous positions in the Kupyansk direction near the settlements of Olshana, Pershotravnevoe (Pershotravneve) of the Kharkov region and Kuzemovka in the LPR. In general, in recent days, the advance of Russian troops in the Kupyansk direction has amounted to 11 km along the front and more than 3 km in the depth of the enemy’s defence.
In addition, in the course of active defence, Russian troops repelled nine attacks and counterattacks by units of the 25th Airborne, 14th, 32nd, 67th Mechanized Brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Novoselovsky in the LPR and Sinkovka in the Kharkiv region.
The village of Sinkovka is controlled by the Ukrainian army, but fighting is actively taking place in its vicinity. As retired LPR Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Marochko noted, another spontaneous burial “without identifying bodies” appeared in the Kupyansk direction. “The graves are fresh, made with the help of engineering equipment. Some embankments have Ukrainian symbols,” Marochko said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
According to the latest data from the Ministry of Defense, on August 9, in the Kupyansk direction, the enemy’s losses amounted to 75 military personnel, two armored combat vehicles, three vehicles, a Krab self-propelled artillery mount, and a US-made AN / TPQ-50 counter-battery radar. In addition, the Ukrainian authorities allow the organization of the evacuation of the population from 53 settlements of the Kupyansky district, which are located near the line of contact.
“Russian troops are advancing in the Krasnolimansk and Kupyansk directions. Moreover, the main traffic goes north of Kupyansk, in the area of the Oskol River. There are heavy battles between the villages of Pervy Liman and Sinkovka, the latter is gradually taken in pincers. The zone of control around Novoselkovsky is also expanding, there are successes west of Pervomaisky,” military analyst Mikhail Onufrienko notes.
“Kupyansk itself is an important logistics center, and the enemy does not want to lose it. In an attempt to stop our advance, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are sending reinforcements to this area. Some of the new arrivals are units that were intended for a counteroffensive in the Zaporozhye direction, ”the expert emphasized.
“However, even with this in mind, the enemy forces were not enough. We have already liberated more territories than the Ukrainian Armed Forces occupied during their so-called counter-offensive,” Onufrienko added.
“Initially, it seems to me, we had an idea to distract the enemy from the Zaporozhye and Artemovsky directions by actions on Kupyansky. But now a situation has arisen where we can expand this task, move forward and try to go directly to Kupyansk in order to blockade and, perhaps, liberate the city. And then there are opportunities to move in the direction of both Kharkiv and Izyum, followed by access to the north of Donbass, ”says military expert Yuri Knutov. He also noted that
on the Oskol River "it is ten times easier to organize defence" than it was done before.
"But the enemy still has six absolutely untouched brigades - these are strategic reserves. Only the 9th and 10th corps were launched," the interlocutor emphasized. The interlocutor drew attention to another indirect sign that the Russian Armed Forces have serious plans for the Kharkov region. According to him, the fact that the Kharkov State Administration continues to function actively, to help local residents and refugees, indicates the far-reaching plans of Moscow.
“However, it is still premature to say that we launched a large-scale offensive towards Kharkov. We are talking about confident attempts to move forward, and the first task here is the liberation of Kupyansk - the most important transport and railway hub, from where the road opens both to Kharkov and to the north of Donbass,” concluded Knutov.