Wednesday, August 2, 2023

UKRaine’s Counteroffensive Lurches Forward: Key Moment Looms as More Forces Committed; UKR's Armed Forces to be in Crimea Soon; UKR Armed Forces Announces Successful Strike on Chonhar Bridge; UKR Forces Continue Counteroffensive Operations in 3 Sectors of Front Line, Advance Near Bakhmut, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Ukraine’s counteroffensive lurches forward: Key moment looms as more forces committed:
Fresh videos of Western-made armor rolling across open fields, a new settlement liberated, and a lot of noise on Russian military blogger Telegram channels heralded to the world on July 28 that the Ukrainian summer counteroffensive had upped its gear.
Almost eight weeks into the long-awaited operation that began on June 5 with limited gains and a fair share of disappointment, the counteroffensive has entered a new phase, as new brigades have been seen committed to the fight.
Notice of the new push came first on July 26, when the New York Times reported that Ukraine was committing much of its reserves to a large-scale attack on the sector of the front line south of Orikhiv in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, where Russian defensive lines are at their thickest.
The next day, coming quickly in the footsteps of Russian bloggers’ reports of losing the settlement, Ukraine announced the liberation of the village of Staromaiorske, the fifth in a string of liberated villages along the Mokri Yaly River in western Donetsk Oblast, about 75 kilometers east of the battles near Orikhiv.
The past days attacks have come after the end of a protracted period of more attritional fighting without major territorial gains in the south.
While the world media were pondering on whether or not the counteroffensive had already failed in its objectives, Ukraine’s Armed Forces had changed their tactics to a more systematic, attrition-focused approach.
Now, with evidence that the Ukrainian command has committed or is in the process of committing what could be the majority of its reserve units to the battle, the next week’s fighting poses to be crucial for the counteroffensive. --->READ MORE HERE
Ukraine's Armed Forces to be in Crimea soon – Defence Intelligence Chief
Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, has said that the Ukrainian military will soon be able to liberate Russian-occupied Crimea.
Source: Budanov in a comment to TSN, a Ukrainian news outlet
Details: TSN noted that when asked when Ukrainian troops would enter Crimea, the Chief of the Defense Intelligence replied: "Soon".
It is noted that Budanov did not name the exact date of the liberation of the peninsula, but only assured that it would happen soon.
Budanov also stated that the location of Wagneites on the territory of Belarus does not scare the Ukrainian Defense Forces at all. He called the threat from Belarus unrealistic.
He added that there had been no increase in the number of Russian occupation troops.
"There are as many of them as there were. But constant mobilization allows them to constantly replenish the losses they have suffered," he said. --->READ MORE HERE
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