Military expert Yury Knutov commented on why the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation failed to contain the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Kharkov.
He stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine sent up to 30,000 soldiers to this area. They were dispersed in Kharkov and suburbs. According to him, the Ukrainian military occupied residential buildings and hid equipment in buildings. Therefore, it was difficult to give a real estimate of the number of Ukrainian forces deployed near Kharkov, writes Ukraina.ru.
Despite the attacks on Kharkov and the suburbs, the dispersal was large, so it was not possible to destroy all the deployed forces.
Played against the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to use in the Kharkov direction of air defense. In particular, the Buk-M1 attacked Russian aircraft, so they had to stop using it on this sector of the front.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported last week that the Russian troops, as part of the regrouping of forces, were withdrawn from the Kharkiv region and transferred to the Donbass.