Stalemate at the front: Ukraine strengthens defenses, hindering Russian advances

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.20 - 2023 3:18 PM CET


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In the latest update from British intelligence, it has been observed that while Russia continues localized offensive operations in several areas, the overall front in Ukraine remains largely static.

Ukraine is reportedly shifting towards a more defensive stance along the majority of the front line. This strategic adjustment follows President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's call at the end of November 2023 for accelerated fortification efforts in key sectors.

According to the intelligence review by the British Ministry of Defence, dated 20 December 2023, significant efforts have been made by Ukraine to bolster its defenses.

This includes enhanced fortifications along the border with Belarus, featuring anti-tank ditches, "dragon's teeth" barriers, and barbed wire installations.

While Russia persists with localized offensives, these attacks are typically limited in scale, often not exceeding platoon size. British intelligence highlights that a major Russian breakthrough remains unlikely under the current circumstances.

This intelligence update comes amid previous reports indicating the Russian military's struggles with night operations due to a lack of necessary equipment like night vision devices and special drone cameras.

The recent unsuccessful Russian attempt to dislodge Ukrainian defenders near Krynky, Kherson Oblast, on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, underscores the challenges faced by Russian forces.

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