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British intel: Russia retained Kherson front artillery after 2022 withdrawal

Russia has braced for a potential Ukrainian counteroffensive across the strategic Dnipro River, reinforcing defences around the eastern bank city of Orikhiv after withdrawing from the western side in 2022.
Orikhiv, the eastern bank of the Dnipro River. Credit: screenshot from a DeepStateMap
British intel: Russia retained Kherson front artillery after 2022 withdrawal

Russia has maintained a significant artillery capability within range of the Dnipro River, the UK Defense Ministry reported

According to the UK intel, fighting has escalated around the banks of the Dnipro River over the past week as Ukraine launched a new offensive in the area.

In addition, Ukraine made the Dnipro sector a high priority, establishing small bridgeheads on the eastern bank which it has controlled since last summer.

Russia has likely been anticipating possible attacks across the river since withdrawing its forces from the western bank 12 months ago.

The units previously stationed in this area were redeployed to the east to bolster defences around Orikhiv, the analysts added.

“As in most sectors, a decisive factor is almost certainly the combatants’ ability to bring accurate, intense artillery fire to bear. Initial indication suggests that Russia has maintained a significant artillery capability within range of the river,” British intel concluded.

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