Jun 9, 2022
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The southern operational direction of the NWO – how the mistakes of March are corrected

The crossing of the Crimean Isthmus, the crossing of the Dnieper, the entry of Russian troops into Genichesk, Melitopol and Kherson can be considered the most successful part of the special military operation (SVO) in Ukraine. Further advance towards Krivoy Rog and Nikolaev, despite operational successes, was suspended.

The miscalculations made led to losses in the area of ​​​​Chernobaevka, Bashtanka. The explosion of bridges across the Southern Bug did not allow to break through to Voznesensk and Yuzhnoukrainsk. The stretching of the support columns, continuous attacks on them led to the fact that, despite the advantages in speed and surprise, the Russian units could not recapture the Nikolaev airport from the special forces of the 73rd Naval Special Operations Center of the Navy, gain a foothold in the area of ​​Kotlyarovo, Posad-Pokrovsky and almost occupied Kulbakinsky airfield, although it happened in Snegirevka, and in the north the Russians advanced almost to Apostolovo.

Fighting at the airport of Nikolaev

Fighting at the airport of Nikolaev

Among the successes of those days, one can also name the sinking of the flagship of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Hetman Sagaidachny” in Nikolaev and a productive strike on the deployment of the 36th Brigade.

Until the end of April, the command of the Ukrainian defense here was led by General Dmitry Marchenko (call sign Marcelo), who is familiar with the theater of operations in detail. He has combat experience, conducted reconnaissance in the Crimea in the spring of 2014, fought near Izvarino and in the DAP.

General Marchenko

General Marchenko

At the same time, in a recent interview with Nikolaevsky Vesti, Marchenko, who had already been transferred to another front of work, frankly exaggerated both his own role in the defense of the city and the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “The Russians are stupid in their plans and fighting,” he said, “as long as I am here, no one will take Nikolaev.” And he promised to “throw the Russians across the Dnieper.” However, that is exactly what failed.

It is not known whether Marchenko participated in the development of the last UAF counteroffensive on Davydov Brod, but this time the Russians outmaneuvered the enemy. Three attacks by the forces of the 28th Specialized Brigade, 35th Specialized Brigade, 80th Specialized Brigade and combined battalion groups, plus an auxiliary strike from Apostolovo, did not bring any results.

The Ukrainians were allowed to occupy a bridgehead on the left bank of the Ingulets, after which the artillerymen of the RF Armed Forces destroyed the only bridge through which the bridgehead was in contact with the main forces and systematically destroyed the counterattacks, using assaults.


Work “Sunshine”

Having returned Davydov Brod, the Russian army recaptured the marines from Sukhoi Headquarters and attacked the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the south, near the village. Velikoye Artakovo, where, having captured a pontoon crossing, Ingulets crossed, burst into Belaya Krynitsa and is preparing a blow to Novopavlovka. A tangible damage to the Armed Forces of Ukraine was inflicted by a series of assault strikes near Belogorka. The next target is Murakhovka and, possibly, Bereznegovatoe.

The losses of the Ukrainian side, which has gone over to the defensive, are impressive. Indirect signs of defeat were the video messages of the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the president, where they declare the futility of the offensive and confirm heavy losses.

Trophies of Davydov Brod

Trophies of Davydov Brod

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine explain their failures with the stupidity of the command and the advantages of Russian weapons. In Kyiv, however, they are trying to hide the failure. Arestovich tells how “the Russians left Blagodatnoye in a panic.” He also promises to transfer the arriving American MLRS MLRS to the front. But the head of the joint coordination press center of the defense forces of southern Ukraine, Natalia Gumenyuk, admits that the situation on the line of contact remains tense and awaits an offensive.

At the same time, the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) assures that the Russians are withdrawing from the Zaporozhye region in order to strengthen the “floated defense” in the north-west of the Kherson region, in the Zelenodolsk and Shiroko areas, where artillery duels are taking place. In recent weeks, aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the airfields of Krivoy Rog, Voznesensk has become more active here

In parallel with the active operations on Ingulets, the command of the North Military District decided to strike VKS and artillery at key military facilities and infrastructure in the Kherson region. The point of operational control of the operational command “South” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Novy Bug was liquidated. The troops of the 73rd Naval Special Operations Center of the Ukrainian Navy, the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Bashtanka, the shops of the Okean shipbuilding plant with armored vehicles stored there were struck, the infrastructure of the port of Nika-Tera was destroyed.

Attack on the Nikolaev port

Attack on the Nikolaev port

It is possible that the next counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be tried in combination in the north and from Nikolaev. In the meantime, the city is being prepared for defense, equipping firing points in residential buildings for children and medical institutions. It is known that the MLRS systems are located on the territory of the medical center on Pogranichnaya Street and the hospital on Flotskaya. At the same time, the mayor of Nikolaev Senkevich assures Western journalists that there are no military men in hospitals.

The entire “industrial complex” of Nikolaev is being prepared for defense, primarily the territory of the Southern Turbine and Black Sea Shipbuilding Plant. The Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Terodefense create positions in high-rise buildings. The Severny microdistrict is being strengthened.

Nikolaev is even geographically advantageous for defensive battles, and an attempt to take Nikolaev outright, as in March, will not be repeated. After all, there is experience in blocking and clearing Mariupol, it is not fast, but effective.

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