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Frontline report: Russia’s forefront crumbling as Ukrainian assault detachments capture more area east of Klishchiivka and Andriivka

Ukraine managed to cut off and isolate a key bunker near Andriivka, forcing Russians to surrender after surrounding it. Now Ukrainian defenders operate on the doorstep of Kurdiumivka, entrenching in the nearby area.
Frontline report: Russia’s forefront crumbling as Ukrainian assault detachments capture more area east of Klishchiivka and Andriivka

Day 586. 2 October

There is a lot of good news from the East. More information became available about the Ukrainian advancement.

As mentioned previously, the main barrier that Ukrainians have been trying to overcome once they established total control over Klishchiivka and Andriivka became the railway embankment. Since the embankment goes along the small river, it’s quite tall and hard to cross.

On 2 October, Russian sources published a video showing how they attacked Ukrainian positions east of the embankment. As can be seen from the footage, Ukrainian fighters assumed their positions in the trenches and dugouts prepared by Russian forces, and these positions that the Russians were attacking were between the railways and the reservoirs.

Map: Screenshot from the video

The area is scattered with Russian and Ukrainian bodies around the key trench networks, so the fights here were extremely tough. Another footage released by the Russian side shows destroyed Ukrainian equipment east of Andriivka. It is interesting that it is located right behind the entrance to the Russian bunker.

As you remember, one of the reasons why it was so hard to take Andriivka was that Russians controlled the bunker right beside the village. The bunker has two entrances: from the western and eastern sides of the embankment – so to capture it, Ukrainians tried to cut it off from two sides, immobilize the Russians, and force them to surrender.

Map: Screenshot from the video

In light of the recorded penetrations east of Klishchiivka, northeast and east of Andriivka, Russian analysts concluded that Russian forces, at minimum, no longer have tight control over the railways and, at maximum, were pushed out of all tree lines that go along the rails.

According to Russian sources, the biggest grey zone is southeast of Andriivka. If we look closer, we can see that this area is scattered with mineral deposits, which likely made it extremely difficult for Russians to counterattack once they lost control over the tree lines.

Map: Screenshot from the video

Moreover, recently released footage also suggests that Ukrainians are already operating on the doorstep of Kurdiumivka. A video released by the fighters from the 93rd Mechanized Brigade shows how they conducted artillery and drone strikes on the Russian positions in the tree lines along the canal in preparation for the storming operation. The drones targeted multiple fortifications, inflicting losses on the Russians.

Next, Ukrainian assault units conducted a series of storming operations. As a result, new positions were captured, and new gains were secured. The latest available footage from the region shows how Ukrainians cleared the building located just 200 meters from Kurdiumivka and entrenched in the nearby area.

A Ukrainian fighter from one of the detachments reported that even though they could already assault Kurdiumivka, there were still too many Russians in the village. So, for now, Ukrainians mostly rely on artillery and drone strikes.

The drone operators said that Russian forces here have not faced a tough battle for a long time, which is why the village is full of targets, and the reconnaissance teams are working day and night in coordination with artillery crews.

Map: Screenshot from the video

Overall, Ukrainians managed to breach the next Russian defense line, and now, the primary objective of Ukrainian forces is to entrench and secure new gains.

Map: Screenshot from the video

The efforts also require considerable support from artillery because supplying and supporting the groups behind the embankment is still very challenging.

The reconnaissance teams scan the area non-stop for potential Russian assault units to spot them on time and destroy them before they can counterattack.

Map: Screenshot from the video

In our daily frontline report, we pair up with the military blogger Reporting from Ukraine to keep you informed about what is happening on the battlefield in the Russo-Ukrainian war.

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