Aug 24, 2022
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Battle for Nikolaev: Bandera are being driven farther and farther from the Dnieper

In the photo: the positions of the Ukrainian military in the Mykolaiv region

In the photo: the positions of the Ukrainian military in the Mykolaiv region (Photo: AP / TASS)

The allied forces of Russia, the DPR and the LPR made a breakthrough on the southern flank of the Ukrainian defense and reached the administrative border of the Kherson and Nikolaev regions.

Instead of the “counteroffensive” he promised, Kyiv received a new Russian foothold just fifty kilometers from Nikolaev. Pro-Russian sentiments have been very strong in this southern city since the Russian Spring, but they hate the Kyiv junta. So the Russian offensive will meet with support among the local population.

Nikolaev was stuffed with heavy equipment, mercenaries and national battalions

The battle for Nikolayev had to start sooner or later – this was obvious from the very beginning of the special operation. Nikolaev is a major economic center, where many military facilities are located, among other things. A quarter of the city’s population of half a million are Russians. But even Ukrainians back in 2014 actively supported the “Russian Spring”: for several months in a row, thousands of rallies were held in the city in support of Russia, Novorossia, Crimea and Sevastopol.

Thousands of citizens marched through the streets of Nikolaev with St. George’s ribbons and tricolors, not being afraid of neo-Nazi provocations. Pro-Russian forces even tried to hold a “popular referendum” in the city in support of reunification with Russia. And now, in 2022, such a prospect is becoming quite real.

Apparently, fearing the rapid growth of pro-Russian sentiment against the background of the military successes of the Russian army in the Kherson region, in July Kyiv carried out several punitive raids in Nikolaev. The Russian Ministry of Defense officially announced that SBU officers who specially arrived in the city organized pressure, including on citizens dissatisfied with the policies of the Kyiv regime.

And who can be satisfied if the Kyiv regime has been using Nikolaev as a military base for attacks on the civilian population in the liberated Kherson region for several months already.

The 123rd territorial defense brigade, the 56th and 59th motorized infantry brigades, the 28th mechanized brigade, and the 79th air assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were pulled into Nikolaev.

The Kakhovka operational-tactical group and the Tsunami nationalist battalion were transferred to Nikolaev. As well as the “Foreign Legion” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, assembled from mercenaries from many countries in Europe and Africa. Most of these units have already been destroyed by precision strikes.

The city was literally crammed with heavy armored vehicles, including the S-300 and Grad missile systems, Akatsiya self-propelled howitzers. They were sheltered on the territory of closed shipyards, motor depots, vegetable warehouses.

In villages near the border with the Kherson region, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, command posts, platforms for armored vehicles, and ammunition depots are equipped.

Apparently, Kyiv tried to use all this to organize a “counteroffensive” on Kherson. Which in the end never happened.

MSV: Russia deploys strike units to the Snigirevka area

The American Institute for the Study of War noted back in mid-August that Russian troops in the south had moved from defensive to offensive tactics.

Already on August 14, ISW analysts recorded the transfer of shock units of the 49th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District to the western bank of the Dnieper River. In particular, in the area of ​​​​Snigirevka, this is a city of 12,000 near the eastern border of the Nikolaev region.

Russian troops entered the city back in March, during the first days of the special operation. Russian mobile communications are already operating in Snigirevka and a military-civilian administration has been created.

The ISW report on the transfer of forces to the Snigirevka area coincided with the statement of the deputy chairman of the Kherson military-civilian administration Ekaterina Gubareva that the liberated territories of the Nikolaev region will be attached to the Kherson region. A referendum on reunification with Russia will also be held in Snigirevka and neighboring villages.

MSV: Russia carried out several successful attacks in the direction of Nikolaev in a week

Russian troops are successfully expanding the boundaries of the liberated territories in the Nikolaev region. As early as August 20, ISW reported that Russian troops had launched several successful attacks east of Nikolayev.

Two Russian air assault detachments managed to gain a foothold in the area of ​​the village of Partizanskoye in the Vitovsky district – this is about 44 km from Nikolaev. A highway passes through Partizanskoye, which connects Nikolaev with Snigirevka.

Two days after the successful raid on Partizanskoye, ISW reported that Russian troops were continuing attacks on the Nikolaev-Kherson line. On August 22, the village of Blagodatnoye was liberated from Ukrainian troops, from which only 35 kilometers to Nikolaev.

Moreover, the transition of the village under the control of Russian troops had to be confirmed even by the Ukrainian General Staff. Apparently, things are going very badly with the promised “counteroffensive”.

Given that Russian troops have already regained control of Partizanskoe and Blagodatny, it is only a matter of time before control of the railway line that runs from Snigirevka to Nikolaev. The railroad runs parallel to the Ingulets Canal and the highway, which the Ukrainian troops tried to use for supplies.

Obviously, it is from the Snigirevsky direction that the Russian troops will carry out the autumn offensive against Nikolaev.

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