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Russia aims to create buffer zone around Luhansk Oblast – British intel

Russia aims to create buffer zone around Luhansk Oblast – British intel

The recent Russian push in northeastern Ukraine aims to recapture land east of the Oskil river and create a buffer zone around the Luhansk oblast, the British Intelligence writes in its daily update:

“In recent days there has been an increase in artillery fire along the north of the front line, in Luhansk and Kharkiv oblasts. This has likely been accompanied by some increase in Russian small-unit assaults, but the situation has been obfuscated by Russian disinformation.

Russia has likely only achieved marginal gains, but its renewed activity in the north highlights its importance to the Kremlin, when it is concurrently facing significant pressure in the southern Zaporizhzhia sector.

Russia’s Western Group of Forces is likely trying to advance back to the Oskil River in order to create a buffer zone around Luhansk Oblast, the possession of which Russia almost certainly considers one of its fundamental objectives of the war.”

As per the Ukrainian resource DeepStateMap, which tracks the situation on the battleground, Russian forces have made marginal gains around Kharkiv Oblast’s Karmazynivka in the last few days. 


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