Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

ISW: Russians remine Zaporizhzhia Oblast to disrupt Ukrainian counteroffensives

Russian milbloggers claimed to have disrupted the movement of heavy Ukrainian cargo and equipment in these areas in recent days.
Credit: ISW.
ISW: Russians remine Zaporizhzhia Oblast to disrupt Ukrainian counteroffensives

Russian forces have renewed mining efforts along parts of the frontline in Zaporizhzhia Oblast to disrupt anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensives in the area, ISW reported.

The ISW report states, “Russian milbloggers claimed that Russian forces have begun remining previously cleared areas on the Robotyne-Verbove line (10km south to 18km southeast of Orikhiv) to achieve tactical surprise.” The milbloggers said the remmining has already “disrupted the movement of heavy Ukrainian cargo and equipment in these areas in recent days.”

Quoting a Kremlin-affiliated milblogger, the assessment says Russia is intensifying “tactical offensive operations in several areas of the front beyond Zaporizhzhia Oblast to stretch Ukrainian defenses and divide Ukrainian attention.”

This comes as Ukrainian forces are reportedly continuing counteroffensive operations near Bakhmut and have marginally advanced in western Zaporizhzhia Oblast. According to the ISW report, geolocated footage on 8 October showed Ukrainian forces made limited gains north of Novoprokopivka (about 14km south of Orikhiv.)

However, deteriorating weather conditions are impacting operations on both sides. The ISW assessment cited Ukrainian Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun saying Russian drone and aviation activity has recently decreased due to the poor weather.

Still, the renewed Russian mining efforts in Zaporizhzhia suggest Russia is trying to slow or disrupt Ukrainian counterattacks in the south as its forces continue to degrade. The remmining demonstrates Russia’s intent to defend occupied territories in the region.

Other takeaways from the ISW’s report:

  • Ukrainian forces continued counteroffensive operations near Bakhmut and marginally advanced in western Zaporizhzhia Oblast on 8 October.
  • Russian sources are highlighting apparent fault lines between regular Russian forces and irregular formations of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR).
  • Ukrainian Air Force Spokesperson Colonel Yuriy Ihnat expressed concern over an anticipated Russian Shahed 131/136 drone strike campaign against Ukraine this winter.
  • Russia advanced legal mechanisms to form the Leningrad Military District as part of ongoing large-scale military reforms.
  • The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) observed satellite imagery showing that rail traffic between North Korea and Russia “dramatically” increased since Russian President Vladimir Putin met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on September 12-17
  • The Russian federal government continues to disenfranchise certain ethnic minority federal subjects (regions) while selectively empowering others.
  • Russian forces continued offensive operations along the Kupiansk-Svatove-Kreminna line, near Bakhmut, along the Avdiivka-Donetsk City line, western Donetsk Oblast, and on the Donetsk-Zaporizhzhia Oblast administrative border on 8 October and reportedly advanced in some areas.
  • Prague-based Russian-language outlet Current Time reported on 8 October that the number of desertion cases within the Russian military has increased.

Read also:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts