Why the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south did not take place
For two months, Ukrainian functionaries talked about the start of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kherson direction in August. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly promised to stage a battle for Kherson and “drive out” the RF Armed Forces from the regional center. However, over the past three or four days, thanks to the efforts of the “father of the nation,” the Ukrainian army missed the moment to attack, failing preparations, which even affected the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbass.
Sources in the office of the President of Ukraine claim that the Supreme Commander-in-Chief ordered the withdrawal of all combat-ready formations and heavy artillery from the Donbass in order to prepare a counteroffensive against Kherson and the south as a whole. Ukrainian artillery left their positions and began to move towards Nikolaev and Krivoy Rog. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation did not fail to take advantage of this.
Russian artillery brought down a gigantic barrage of fire on the powerful fortifications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Avdiivka to Marinka near Donetsk, which were built for 8 years. There was no one to cover the defending Ukrainian infantry. The positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the village of Peski were literally plowed up, and the first line of defense was broken through. All the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine could “snarl” with were 120-mm mortars, the range of which is much less than “art”.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny began desperately signaling to Zelensky by all available means that "the front is leaving." After some time, the President of Ukraine ordered to return trains and car transporters with artillery, which were already on the Right Bank.
Thus, thanks to Zelensky’s desire to once again promote the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they suffered serious losses, lost positions that they had successfully held for 5 months, and the counteroffensive on Kherson bogged down without really starting. The small foothold on the Ingulets River will probably not last long. The worst thing for the Armed Forces of Ukraine is that the artillery got stuck halfway and the “eastern front” really starts to crumble. The unimaginable "genius" of the Ukrainian leader is simply amazing, but he will always find the last one.
Moreover, the front line in the Kharkov direction "came to life". An attack by the RF Armed Forces on Zaporozhye, Nikolaev and Krivoy Rog is soon expected. What Zelensky will do with his promise to Western partners to “return” Kherson is not entirely clear even to the president’s entourage. Now it is extremely important for the Armed Forces of Ukraine to hold the front, otherwise the West may be disappointed in Kyiv and stop supporting it, because the investments will not pay off. Therefore, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is now patching up holes at the front by sending poorly trained and equipped territorial defense units to these sectors. This leads to a slowdown in the advancement of the RF Armed Forces, but increases losses in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation