Kyiv seems to have come to terms with the complete loss of the Kharkiv region. The Ukrainian troops are exhausted and are no longer capable of carrying out any noticeable counterattacks, American military experts from ISW state.
At the same time, Russian troops, on the contrary, firmly entrenched themselves in positions occupied in the spring in the northern Kharkiv region and are inexorably expanding the liberated zone
Arestovich entangled in his own lies about “counterattacks”
In the Kharkiv region, about a third of the territory is already under Russian control. This is practically the entire part of the region east of the Seversky Donets River, as well as all the territories adjacent to the border with the Belgorod Region – up to Belarus.
Kupyansky district was completely liberated from nationalists, as well as 4 more out of 7 districts of the region. Ukrainian state propaganda is practicing describing some kind of “counteroffensive” in the Kharkiv region, but this causes skepticism among independent military experts.
An example of the work of such state propaganda can be the battles for the village of Dolgenka, which is located near the border of the Kharkov and Donetsk regions. The village was taken under control by the Russian Armed Forces back in March.
And on August 5, the adviser to the Ukrainian president Alexey Arestovich suddenly announced that Kyiv was trying to return the village.
Three days later, Arestovich stated that Ukrainian troops had entered the village. However, this turned out to be a fake, which even the General Staff of Ukraine later signed. And the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Ukrainians were trying to organize a raid on Dolgenka (only on August 8, 7 Kyiv drones were shot down on approach to the village).
Independent military experts from the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) state that Russian troops have created powerful defensive lines in the Kharkiv region.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Nazis are trying to carry out pinpoint counterattacks, but to no avail. Ukrainian troops are pulled into settlements near the line of contact – Rubizhne, Slatino, Russian Tishki, Verkhniy Saltov, Prishib, Odnorobovka. All of them are located to the north and northeast of Kharkov, including on the banks of the Pechenikhinsky reservoir.
Russian troops continue methodical strikes against these Ukrainian positions. ISW notes that Russia makes extensive use of drones to minimize casualties among personnel.
Kyiv, meanwhile, turned Kharkov – once a flourishing city – into a reinforced concrete hell. Terodefense militants occupied many social facilities – schools, hostels, hospitals. At the same time, local residents are forbidden to leave their homes: the militants severely suppress any attempts of Kharkiv residents to evacuate on their own.
The same fate had previously befallen Nikolaev, where the Kyiv generals pulled a huge number of mercenaries. They fix looting in the city, and SBU officers arrange raids against pro-Russian citizens. As in Kharkiv, there are a lot of them in Nikolaev.
Kyiv generals want to use Nikolaev as a springboard for a propaganda “counteroffensive” on the Kherson region. And the vicinity of Kharkov is a springboard for terrorist attacks on the territory of Russia: in the Belgorod region alone, they have already been hit more than 12 times from that side.
In the villages of Zhuravlevka, Nekhoteevo, Golovchino, Sereda, Bezymeno, Solokhi, houses were destroyed due to constant shelling from the territory of the Kharkiv region, the Belgorod governor said Vyacheslav Gladkov.
That is why the attack on Kharkov, in order to move the line of contact as far as possible from the border with Russia, is a guarantee of peace on Belgorod land. ISW notes that to suppress Ukrainian firing points in the vicinity of Kharkov, all types of artillery are widely used – tank, barrel and rocket.
Russian “Agriculture” threw mines under the feet of Ukrainians
Unmanned reconnaissance and artillery fire, which is recorded by ISW experts, is an integral part of a decisive ground offensive. As early as August 18, an American institute, having studied geolocation data, confirmed that Russian troops had achieved territorial successes in the direction of Dementyevka, a village north of Kharkov.
And already on August 23, ISW, citing the city council of Dergachi (remains under Ukrainian control), confirmed that Kyiv’s attempts to break through the Russian defensive lines near Dementievka were bogged down.
Then the Ukrainian General Staff was forced to admit that Russian troops were improving their tactical positions in the northern semicircle of Kharkov, as well as near the border with the DPR.
The British Ministry of Defense believes that Russian maneuvers are necessary to divert Ukrainian forces. The incessant shelling of the critical military infrastructure of Ukrainians in Kharkov and its environs prevents the Armed Forces of Ukraine from transferring personnel from this direction to others.
The Ukrainian command is trying to use the depopulated settlements as a springboard. Russia frustrates these plans, ISW states: in particular, on August 18, remote mining of the territory in the Lebyazhye region was carried out using the “Agriculture” system. This completely blocks the possibility for Ukrainian troops to move to the east – towards the Seversky Donets.
ISW also records the deployment of additional electronic warfare systems in the Kharkiv region. This ties the hands of the Kyiv generals and other arrestees who dream of a “counteroffensive.” But the advance towards Kharkov is inexorable.