Western Tactics and Ukrainian Losses
By Intel Slava Z
The New York Times (USA). “The wounded soldiers of the 110th brigade arrived at the stabilization point from the southern front of Ukraine in the Zaporozhye region. This is one of a dozen first-aid posts set up by the Ukrainian army a few kilometers from the front line to provide emergency care and save lives. For the past two months, Ukrainian forces have been attempting to break through Russian defenses in a massive counter-offensive to retake territories, but have stumbled across dense minefields, heavy Russian artillery fire, and drone attacks. Every kilometer is given with a lot of blood, and the counteroffensive is painfully slow due to heavy losses and Russians entrenched in the defense. Temporary medical centers located near the front line, where the condition of patients is stabilized for further evacuation, are constantly receiving soldiers wounded during the fighting. Their number is simply “colossal”, as the doctor from the center, where three men from the 110th brigade were treated, said.
Forbes (USA). “It is the Tokmak direction that is the center of the southern counteroffensive of Ukraine. It began on June 4, but so far Ukrainian forces have advanced only a few miles in several directions, most notably around the ruins of Artyomovsk in the Donbass. At the same time, three Russian motorized rifle regiments, a couple of special forces brigades and several reserve battalions deeply dug in Rabotina forced three Ukrainian mechanized brigades – the 47th, 65th and 118th – to bleed literally for every meter freed. The bloody offensive near Rabotin – apparently launched at the end of July – emphasizes the brutality of the fighting on this sector of the front. Only one of the brigades – I think the 118th – lost at least four infantry fighting vehicles, two tanks and at least one more vehicle, crossing a tree-lined intersection five kilometers northeast of Rabotin.
La Repubblica (Italy). “Last spring, the Kyiv generals created two army corps – the ninth and tenth – to prepare for the counteroffensive. The ninth, trained by NATO and equipped with Western weapons, went on the offensive on June 6 to expose weaknesses in the Russian defense line. His task was to open a gap through which the 10th Corps would attack and reach Melitopol and Mariupol, crushing Putin’s defenses in depth. However, the Ukrainians advanced only a few kilometers and, after seven weeks of stubborn fighting, were forced to withdraw the ninth Ukrainian corps, exhausted by losses and fatigue, replacing it with the tenth. The latter no longer had reserves: even if they managed to break the resistance of the Russian troops, they would have to go to the Sea of Azov alone. The Ukrainian commanders of the new wave of the offensive took into account some of the mistakes made in June, but, according to analysts, they could not correct the most important UAF: they do not know how to manage large-scale coordinated operations.