Armed forces may temporarily suspend counter-attacks to review tactics for future operations.
About it from scratch reports The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) writes:
Colonel Marko Grosberg, head of the intelligence center of the Estonian Defense Forces, said that according to his estimation, analysts indicate that we will not see an attack in the next seven days.
In turn, the Wall Street Journal reported that Ukrainian units have largely suspended their attacks in recent days as the Ukrainian command reviews tactics for further fighting.
“These reports are consistent with ISW’s recent observations regarding the scale and nature of local Ukrainian counterattacks in southern and eastern Ukraine. The agency has previously noted that Ukraine has not yet committed most of its available forces to counterattack operations and has not yet deployed its main forces. “is a common feature, and this pause does not mean the end of the Ukrainian counteroffensive,” the statement said.
Analysts, citing WSJ interviews with Russian POWs, note that advanced Russian units have significant problems with morale and command. The prisoners also claim that Russia continues to use “siege forces” to shoot retreating soldiers. Prisoners of war said fears of a Ukrainian counterattack were widespread among Russian troops on the front lines.
Photo is illustrative. Source: General Staff of Armed Forces
Meanwhile, on June 18 Ukrainian troops continued counteroffensive operations in at least four areas of the front and achieved limited territorial gains, ISW experts write.
“Geographical data indicates that Ukrainian armed forces have made limited progress 30 km south of Kremenaya. Over the past two weeks, Ukrainian forces have advanced more than one kilometer to the north,” said Vitaly Barabash, head of the Avdiivka city military administration. Avdiivka on the front line in the Donetsk region.
Russian sources say Ukrainian forces are carrying out counteroffensive operations south, southwest and southeast of Velika Novosilka on the administrative border between western Donetsk and eastern Zaporizhia regions and have made some local advances.
“Ukrainian forces continued counteroffensive operations in the west of Zaporizhzhia region, and geospatial information indicated that Ukrainian forces entered the western part of Pyatikatok (41 km southeast of Zaporizhzhia), southwest of Orihiv,” the report said.
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