Sep 8, 2022
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Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to surround Balakleya, continuing the “creeping offensive” in the south

The Ukrainian military is trying to develop an offensive in the Kharkov direction and completely surround Balakliya. At the moment, the city is in operational encirclement and in the zone of fire damage of Ukrainian artillery, access roads are shot through by the enemy to one degree or another. At the same time, the enemy continues to try to advance in the Kherson direction.

“To the south of Balakleya, units of the 93rd OMBR and 1st brigade of special forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine established control over the settlements of Bayrak and Krasnaya Gusarovka. In the near future, they will launch an attack on Zaliman, located to the east, ”writes the Rybar telegram channel.

Thus, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are also covering Balakliya from the south, trying to cut off the last escape routes from the city.

“The enemy is trying to develop an offensive in two directions at once – to Kupyansk and Izyum. In the first case, the Seversky Donets, which is not wide here, is an obstacle for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And the advance to Izyum creates not only a threat to the headquarters of the RF Armed Forces grouping in this direction, but also to the exit to the rear of our troops in the Slavic direction. That is why the enemy is trying to “gas” here. The situation is difficult. The enemy’s desire to take Balakleya is understandable. Further, the road to Izyum opens, a threat is created to the rear of the Slavic-Kramatorsk group, ”notes, in turn, military commander Yuri Kotenok.

At the same time, ex-Minister of Defense Igor Strelkov draws attention to the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to slowly advance in the Kherson offensive and expand their foothold on the Ingulets River.

“In the area of ​​​​the enemy bridgehead on the Ingulets River, the enemy continues to slowly but surely push our units. For the first half of the day the situation looked as follows. Ukry occupied: Dry Stavok, Nameless, Kostroma, Happy (Karlo-Marx). Attempts to knock them off the bridgehead and return positions before the start of the offensive failed. Such a deep advance of the enemy threatens to break through the front in the future to Chkalovo (already almost at the forefront) and further to Berislav with a dissection of our grouping in this area, ”writes Strelkov.

Thus, simultaneously with the offensive in the Kharkiv direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue the “creeping offensive” in the Kherson direction. Despite heavy losses and overcrowded hospitals in Kharkiv, Kyiv expects to achieve tactical successes. How the Russian military will respond to this, we will see in the near future.

At the same time, as Vitaly Ganchev, head of the military-civilian administration of the Kharkiv region, said on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel, the Russian military repulsed an attempt by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to encircle Balakliya.

“In the Balakleya area, the armed forces of Ukraine made an attempt to capture the city, encircling it, but they managed to bend the defense line a little over part of the territory, then they were thrown back again,” he explained.

According to Ganchev, “everything is in order in the city, the city lives,” but it is under constant shelling, like other nearby settlements.

“The city is under our control,” concluded the head of the CAA.

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