The allied coalition in the Donbas is squeezing the iron ring around Sloviansk. Attacks come from three directions at once. Almost 70,000 Ukrainian soldiers could be locked up in the city and its environs. Even Western experts are forced to admit that in the current situation, Ukrainians have only two options: captivity or death.
Even the General Staff of Ukraine recognizes the imminent fall
Slovyansk is a city of 100,000 that has already been the scene of the most intense fighting in 2014. The Ukrainians pulled a gigantic army here, which outnumbered the forces of the People’s Militia of the DPR by dozens of times. At the same time, the Ukrainians, with superior forces, managed to take the city only from the fourth time.
Since then, from year to year, Slavyansk has been turned into a fortified area, pouring concrete all the approaches to the city. Now in Slavyansk and its environs, according to the estimates of the Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Artem Olkhin60-70 thousand Ukrainian military personnel are concentrated.
However, the ring of allied forces is shrinking around them, experts from the American Institute for the Study of War write in an analytical note. Carolina Hurd, Mason Clark I George Barros.
American analysts note that the offensive operation is being carried out simultaneously from three directions – northwestern (Izyum), eastern (Lysichansk) and southern (Gorlovka).
Analysts note that at least 30 battalion-tactical groups of the Russian Army alone operate in the Izyum direction alone. The allies are regrouping forces and reinforcing battalion tactical groups in order to deliver a decisive blow to Slavyansk from Izyum and Liman.
The Russian command, experts write, is giving priority to efforts to link achievements in the southeast of the Kharkiv region and in the northwest of the Donetsk region. Moreover, even the Ukrainian General Staff is forced to admit that fresh forces, new groups, may be involved in the offensive against Slavyansk.
Russian troops are already 20 km from Slavyansk
Already on the morning of June 9, the Allied forces successfully crossed the Seversky Donets River in the Svyatogorsk region, and also entered the villages of Prishib and Tetyanovka left by the enemy just south of Svyatogorsk. Now in a straight line to Slavyansk only 20 kilometers.
Allied forces will now step up efforts, US analysts say. They will consolidate even the smallest military success with massive ground, air and artillery attacks on Ukrainian fortified positions.
The offensive is going on successfully not only to the north of Slavyansk, but also to the south. Allied troops almost completely took the settlements of Kamyshevakha and Roty near the border of the DPR and LPR. This brings the fall of Bakhmut closer, which the Ukrainians also turned over the years of undivided rule into almost the same fortified area as Slavyansk.
Bakhmut connects with Lysichansk, which is controlled by allied forces, highway T1302. The highway, of course, is strategic; land lines also run along it. That is why the Ukrainians are trying with all their might to protect the highway, but the allied forces are steadily advancing towards Bakhmut, US military analysts state. And this refutes the statements of the self-proclaimed governor of the Luhansk region Sergei Gaidaiwho sits in Kyiv and broadcasts from there.
Agency Janes: Western arms supplies to Kyiv are more and more problematic
The Western military machine continues to claim that Donbass is being pumped with NATO weapons. In particular, the US Congress should soon approve the transfer of MQ-1C Gray Eagle medium-altitude drones to the Ukrainian side. These drones are equipped with Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles.
The Gray Eagle is an upgraded military version of the RQ-1 Predator drone. He has increased endurance, writes an analyst at the American agency Janes Gareth Jennings.
Administration Biden believes that even 4 such drones will significantly increase the power of the Ukrainian army. In fact, according to Jennings, the possible transfer of heavy attack drones to Ukraine was announced in early April. However, to this day there is not even a decision of Congress.
The British are also trying to keep up with the Americans, who are going to supply Ukraine with M270 multiple launch rocket systems. This was officially announced by the Minister of Defense Ben Wallace. Moreover, M31A1 ammunition will be supplied to systems “on a large scale”.
Moreover, if the US Department of Defense declares that Ukraine will receive 4 Gray Eagle drones, then the UK Department of Defense carefully hides the number of M270s, analyst Janes draws attention Nicolas Florence.
Florentsa writes that the missile systems will come at the request of the Ukrainian command. And the goal of the British is to suppress the use of long-range artillery by Russia.
True, there are several “buts”. The Ukrainian military has yet to learn how to work with the M270, while British military instructors refuse to go to the Donbass. So you will have to study in the UK itself. True, for this, the Ukrainians still need to be taken out of the combat zone, and then delivered back. Yes, and the missile systems themselves must be transported across the front line. And this is incredible.