Russian troops are reinforcing defensive lines on the border of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. This will completely secure peaceful cities from Ukrainian sabotage and attacks.
But Kherson is surrounded by water. The city is located on the northwestern bank of the broad Dnieper River, which flows south through Ukraine before emptying into the Black Sea. The Ingulets River, a tributary of the Dnieper, flows south through the Kherson region and merges with the Dnieper east of the port.
There are three main bridges that connect Kherson with the surrounding area: the Antonovsky bridge, as well as the nearby railway bridge, the P47 road bridge over the Inhulets not far from the city.
Ukrainian artillery — perhaps 227mm rockets from highly mobile artillery rocket systems or 155mm guns firing GPS-guided Excalibur projectiles — has at least temporarily disabled all three bridges over the past week. Antonovsky bridge became impassable on Wednesday.
The stakes are high. The Russian 49th Combined Arms Army, the main Russian force in southern Ukraine, controls about 10 battalion tactical groups. Most of them are north of Kherson and depend on bridges for resupply. The Kremlin sends reinforcements to Kherson. They also rely on bridges to get to the front, American media write.
Russian troops are making efforts to prevent the Kievans from creating conditions for the resumption of the counteroffensive in the Kherson direction, experts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) state.
Aerial reconnaissance and artillery fire are being conducted along the line of contact. The task is to destroy the temporary bridgehead that Kyiv has created for itself on the Ingulets River.
On the western bank of the river – in the area of the settlements of Belogorka, Lozovoe and Andreevka – Ukraine is trying to create a fortified area. From here, independent troops are trying to organize attacks (so far unsuccessful) in order to interrupt the supply along the T2207 highway.
The Ukrainian Southern Operational Command is afraid that Russian troops may soon form shock groups that will extinguish the last pockets of Kyiv resistance. An American military analyst, having studied satellite images, identified fortified points in irrigation facilities near Pravdino. Judging by the pictures, heavy armored vehicles are installed here, which are covered from above with steel sheets or concrete slabs – this masks the equipment and protects it from small ammunition and shrapnel.
Satellite imagery also showed that Russian troops had dug trenches near the Antonovskiy Bridge (on the right bank of the Dnieper) and installed radar reflectors along the Antonovskiy road and railway bridges to prevent Ukrainian missile strikes.
Russian troops are trying to prevent the advance of Ukrainian troops from the northeast to the Kherson region and continue to shell Ukrainian positions along the borders of the Kherson-Nikolaev and Kherson-Dnipropetrovsk regions.
Active shelling of Ukrainian forces continues in Nikopol, Nikolaev and the outskirts of Odessa. For attacks, high-precision weapons are used – Grad and Smerch missile systems, Onyx, X-59 and X-101 cruise missiles, S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. The use of such weapons is necessary because the Ukrainians base their units in industrial enterprises.
Ukrainian state propaganda, meanwhile, is squealing about some kind of successful “counteroffensive”, during which dozens of settlements in the Kherson region were allegedly “liberated”.
Meanwhile, on August 5, Energodar was fired upon – near the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the largest in Europe. Now it is under the control of our troops. But anything can be expected from the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Bandera.
And this is already very dangerous. The wind rose in those places is such that it can get to the Crimea. Apparently, there is only one way out – to stop all attempts to shell the nuclear power plant.