Ukraine Map Reveals Counteroffensive Breakthrough in South

Ukraine has gained again vital floor from occupying Russian troops in its ongoing counteroffensive within the south and east of the nation, in keeping with the newest battlefield maps printed by the Institute for the Examine of Warfare.

In its Thursday evening bulletin, the ISW stated Kyiv’s forces are persevering with offensive operations within the southern Zaporizhzhia Oblast and jap Donetsk Oblast, whereas defending towards renewed Russian assaults within the northeastern Luhansk Oblast.

Ukrainian assaults in current days have reportedly targeted on the a part of the Zaporizhzhia entrance close to the cities of Orikhiv and Robotyne, and on the Vremivka salient alongside the executive border between Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk oblasts, the place Kyiv’s troops on Thursday claimed to have liberated the village of Staromaiorske.

Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Ukraine’s former protection minister, who now advises the protection ministry, advised Newsweek on Friday it is “too early” to say whether or not the brand new assaults will show to be the primary Ukrainian effort following a number of weeks of probing assaults.

ISW map of Ukraine advances in Donetsk
These Institute for the Examine of Warfare maps present current Ukrainian territorial features in southern Zaporizhzhia and jap Donetsk oblasts as Kyiv’s forces push their counteroffensive.

“It could be, it will not be relying on how issues develop,” he stated, noting that Ukraine’s method is “opportunistic” and based mostly on restricted assaults in a number of completely different areas to establish Russian weak spots.

“However basically, the operational plan is sort of easy: to push the Russians in all completely different instructions, discover the place the place growth is most certainly after which push extra, and principally develop that route.”

ISW geolocated battlefield footage on Wednesday advised an assault by mechanized Ukrainian forces had damaged by way of Russian defensive strains south of Orikhiv and penetrated a number of miles into the rear.

“Ukrainian forces have seemingly superior additional in western Zaporizhzhia Oblast than ISW has been capable of visually verify up to now,” the suppose tank wrote in its Thursday evening bulletin.

“Geolocated footage printed on July 27 reveals {that a} single Ukrainian armored automobile reached Russian anti-tank positions northwest of Verbove (17 kilometers [10.5 miles] southeast of Orikhiv), roughly 3.5 kilometers past ISW’s at the moment assessed frontline.”

“It’s unclear why a lone Ukrainian armored automobile approached Russian defensive positions with out further forces in assist,” the ISW wrote.

“The truth that this lone Ukrainian automobile superior up to now in the direction of Russian defensive strains apparently with out struggling Russian hearth means that Ukrainian forces might have made advances within the surrounding space southeast of Orikhiv of which ISW has not but noticed visible affirmation.”

Additional to the east, Ukrainian troopers posted pictures and movies of themselves liberating the village of Staromaiorske, prompting celebratory Telegram messages from President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Russian milbloggers claimed in a single day on July 26 and on the morning of July 27 that Ukrainian forces retained positions on the northern outskirts of Staromaiorske and continued pushing into the village itself from the north and northwest,” the ISW wrote.

Kyiv and its Western backers shall be hoping that the brand new features are a sign that Ukraine’s gradual multi-pronged push—supported by months of deep strikes on Russian command and provide hubs—is eroding Russian capabilities and defenses.

The counteroffensive started in early June, however up to now Ukraine would not seem to have dedicated tens of 1000’s of Western-trained troops and NATO-made armor to the struggle. Pentagon sources advised The New York Instances this week that Kyiv is now sending these models into battle.

Newsweek has contacted the Russian protection ministry by e mail to request remark.

Ukrainian soldiers trains on Gepard AA Kyiv
A Ukrainian serviceman trains on a German-made self-propelled anti-aircraft system, higher generally known as the Flakpanzer Gepard, within the Kyiv area on July 26, 2023. Ukrainian forces at the moment are on the offensive at a number of factors alongside the 800-mile entrance.
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