Friday, April 28, 2023

Ukrainian Troop Positions Spark Counteroffensive Speculation; Leaked Intel: Ukraine Postponed Attacks Inside Russia Due To US Pressure; ISW: 'Exhausted' Troops, 'disorganized' Deployment Will Likely Hinder Russia's Prospects of Holding Critical Frontline Areas; UKR Forces Establish a Foothold Along Dnipro River, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Ukrainian troop positions spark counteroffensive speculation:
Ukrainian military forces have successfully established positions on the eastern side of the Dnieper River, according to a new analysis, giving rise to speculation Sunday that the advances could be an early sign of Kyiv’s long-awaited spring counteroffensive.
The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, reported late Saturday that geolocated footage from pro-Kremlin military bloggers indicated that Ukrainian troops had established a foothold near the town of Oleshky, along with “stable supply lines” to their positions.
Analysts widely believe that if Ukraine goes ahead with a spring counteroffensive, a major goal would be to break through the land corridor between Russia and the annexed Crimean Peninsula, which would necessitate crossing the Dnieper River in the country’s south.
Responding to Ukrainian media reports proclaiming that the establishment of such positions indicated the counteroffensive had begun, Natalia Humeniuk, the spokeswoman for Ukraine’s Operational Command South, called for patience.
While neither confirming nor denying the ISW report, she said only that details of military operations in the Dnieper delta couldn’t be disclosed for operational and security reasons. --->READ MORE HERE
Image: U.S. Army/CBS News
Ukraine Postponed Attacks Inside Russia Due To US Pressure: Leaked Intel
The Washington Post reported Monday that Ukraine’s military intelligence directorate, known as HUR, was planning major strikes inside Russia in February that were postponed due to US pressure.
The report cited documents allegedly leaked by Airman Jack Teixeira. According to a report from the National Security Agency, HUR chief Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov instructed one officer "to get ready for mass strikes on 24 February … with everything the HUR had." The date marked one year since Russia launched its invasion.
The US became aware of Budanov’s plans as it has been spying on Ukrainian officials. According to a CIA report dated February 22, the HUR had "agreed, at Washington’s request, to postpone strikes." The Post said it wasn’t clear from the documents how the US pressured Kyiv to push back the operations.
Throughout the war, Ukraine has launched small drone attacks and conducted other sabotage operations inside Russia. It’s not clear what Budanov meant by "mass strikes." One plan mentioned by the Post was using TNT to attack the Black Sea port city of Novorossiysk. --->READ MORE HERE
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