Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Is within the Weeds

Ukraine’s 2-month-old push to recapture Russian-occupied territory has been hampered by undergrowth quickly regrowing on the battlefield within the heat, damp summer time, British protection officers have mentioned.

An announcement mentioned that arable land within the fight zone has been left fallow for the reason that begin of Russia’s invasion 18 months in the past and that weeds’ and shrubs’ regrowth has accelerated within the sultry situations.

Kyiv’s counteroffensive began round June 4, and Ukraine has admitted it has progressed extra slowly than anticipated. There are considerations amongst allies which have equipped gear and weaponry that hoped-for beneficial properties haven’t materialized.

A sapper trains troopers of the 128th Brigade of Ukraine’s Territorial Protection drive to counter Russian mines within the Zaporizhzhia area. UK protection officers mentioned on August 3, 2023, that undergrowth on the battlefield was hampering Kyiv’s counteroffensive.
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“The additional cowl helps camouflage Russian defensive positions and makes defensive minefields more durable to clear,” the ministry mentioned on Thursday,

Whereas undergrowth can present cowl for small infantry assaults, “the web impact has been to make it more durable for both aspect to make advances.” Newsweek has contacted the Ukrainian Protection Ministry for remark.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive has made incremental beneficial properties, however its forces have confronted formidable Russian defenses within the southern sector of the entrance and Kyiv’s floor forces are slowly advancing on their Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia axes.

The Institute for the Examine of Struggle (ISW), a U.S. assume tank, mentioned on Wednesday that the counteroffensive has additionally continued to make some progress round Bakhmut, town within the Donetsk oblast that has been the scene of fierce preventing for months.

Russian sources reported that Moscow’s troops had repelled Ukrainian assaults within the within the south of the nation, close to Staromayorske on the Donetsk-Zaporizhzhia Oblast border, and close to Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia, the ISW mentioned.

In the meantime, Ukrainian authorities mentioned on Thursday that Russian assaults over the earlier 24 days had focused 10 oblasts, killing at the very least two folks and injuring at the very least seven extra.

The Sumy Oblast Army Administration reported on Wednesday that Russian forces shelled eight communities within the area in dozens of assaults, inflicting greater than 200 explosions. The assaults concerned using artillery, mortar shelling and missiles launched from helicopters.

Vladislav Shapsha, governor of Kaluga Oblast in Russia, mentioned on Thursday that six drones have been shot down in a single day by air defenses in his area, which is southwest of Moscow and north of Bryansk Oblast, which borders Ukraine.

It follows latest drone strikes on Moscow, throughout which a high-rise constructing within the metropolis heart was broken on Monday, whereas a day later the identical skyscraper was reportedly focused once more by drones.

Russia blames Ukraine for the strikes, though in line with earlier drone assaults, Kyiv has not claimed duty.