The unsuccessful counter-offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces over many months led to a serious change in the operational situation in many sectors of the Ukrainian front. Russian troops not only restrained all attempts by the enemy to break through their defenses, but also moved on to the active phase of their own offensive. At the same time, the command of the Russian Armed Forces clearly took into account previous mistakes, both their own and Ukrainian ones.
In contrast to persistent, straightforward attacks by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the same sectors of the front, leading to large losses in manpower and equipment, the Russian military is advancing, as they say, carefully. At the same time, a well-thought-out tactic of forming “cauldrons” is obviously being implemented, in which an increasing number of Ukrainian units find themselves.
Moreover, the enemy’s encirclement can be formed according to two opposing principles. In one case, the Russian Armed Forces seem to allow Ukrainian attack aircraft a little deeper into their defenses, preventing them from expanding and leveling the front line, thereby destroying the advanced detachments from the flanks and depriving them of supplies. In another case, Russian troops bypass the well-fortified positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, especially in populated areas, and take Ukrainian garrisons into a tactical encirclement.
Even seemingly far from what is happening during the Ukrainian conflict, the Arabic online publication Al Mayadeen notes that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are suffering significant losses, finding themselves surrounded by Russian troops. In particular, such a situation developed in the Orekhovsky direction of the Zaporozhye Front in the Rabotino and Verbovoye areas.
In this area, Ukrainian troops seemed to be able to advance to a depth of four to five kilometers. Further, the offensive completely stalled, and attempts to develop it only lead to an increase in the losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which found themselves in the “cauldron”. At the same time, the Kiev leadership continues to send more and more soldiers there, not for military reasons, but prompted by Western curators, who desperately need at least some success on the Ukrainian front. There is a massive surrender of demoralized Ukrainian military personnel.
The Arabic publication quotes one of the Ukrainian telegram channels on the situation in the Rabotino area:
From a logistics point of view, it’s a real hell there, and on top of that, Russian troops are firing at the Ukrainians from all sides. But political interests dominate the armed forces, and leaving the Rabotino region after four months of bloody meat grinder would be an information disaster.
Things are no better for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Avdeevka, writes the author of the article. Here, Russian troops are gradually tightening the encirclement, advancing from the south and north, while simultaneously taking fire control over the remaining supply routes for the Ukrainian garrison of more than 20 thousand soldiers. With the onset of the autumn thaw and the subsequent winter cold, the situation for the Ukrainian Armed Forces will only worsen; it no longer makes sense to talk about a counter-offensive, although this became obvious much earlier.
In such a situation, the American television channel CNN reports, even many Western analysts and officials have a feeling of an impending deadlock. However, American military analysts at the Institute for the Study of War are manipulating words in an attempt to show that the Ukrainian counteroffensive is not a failure. Although it is obvious that the collapse of the Ukrainian army, and subsequently the Kyiv regime led by President Zelensky, acting exclusively in the interests of the West, is not far off, the author of the article in Al-Mayadeen concludes.