Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Ukraine kicking Putin's ass - update VI

Ukrainian forces are advancing into Kherson. For more than three months, the Ukrainians targeted bridges, railways, supply dumps and command centers in and around Kherson, a strategic Black Sea port anchoring Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast. The Russian 49th Combined Army in Kherson began to buckle but held after the Kremlin rushed reinforcements from the east to the south. That thinned out Russian defenses in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian defenders have broken through the Russian line of defense in Dudchany and advanced on Beryslav.
Russian forces have retreated from Lyman. This one day after Putin claimed it "for ever" as Russian territory. Its said Russian commanders refused to allow upwards of 5,000 soldiers to leave their hopeless position. They did it anyway.

Lyman is an important logistics hub, anchoring Russian operations in Donetsk.
On the same day Putin announced annexation, his soldiers in the town of Lyman are nearly encircled and could be wiped out to the last man. The region is among four chunks of eastern and southern Ukrainian territory that Putin declared Russian-annexed land. Even senior Russian officals acknowledge Lyman is encircled and surrounding villages have been retaken by Ukraine forces. Several thousand Russian troops are there.

If Russian fighters can't hold this line they will be running away again.
Ukraine now says its forces have retaken over 9,000 sq km (up from 6,000 km2) during a counter-offensive in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces have established a defensive line between the Oskil River and the town of Svatove. It is one of the few resupply routes Russia still controls from the Belgorod region of Russia.
Ukraine has struck over 400 Russian targets with U.S.-supplied HIMARS rocket systems. HIMARS, short for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, is a five-ton truck that can fire multiple long-range guided rockets. The Pentagon sent a total of 26 advanced mobile launchers — 16 HIMARS and 10 older American-made M270 launchers that Britain and Germany provided. 126 howitzers along with 807,000 rounds of ammunition for them to fire was also provided. Russia's 'shit army' is wilting under the pressure of an endless supply of hugely effective western weapons and motivated fighters. This was the outcome Putin ought to have foreseen. The war in Ukraine now showns that Russia is far less militarily capable as was thought.
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