Putin's soldiers forced into major changes

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.17 - 2023 4:04 PM CET

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Putin's soldiers forced into major changes

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Ukraine continues to make progress on the battlefield. Since the Ukrainian counteroffensive began this summer, there has been significant attention on the developments in the war zone.

While some analysts argue that the counteroffensive is moving too slowly, Ukrainian officials have clarified that they are moving in the right direction.

Now, Ukrainian forces are compelling Russia to make significant changes along the front lines, according to the American think tank Institute for the Study of War.

Over the weekend, Ukrainian troops continued their counteroffensive towards Bakhmut, forcing Putin's soldiers into several major changes.

The successes in Zaporizhzhia have led the Russian army to focus on defense in the area, unlocking elite units to withstand the pressure.

The Russian military is reportedly making tactical changes in response to Ukraine's counteroffensive.

"Ukrainian progress in western Zaporizhzhia has likely forced the Russian command to prioritize Russian defense there and laterally relocate parts of an elite formation away from the Russian defense south of Bakhmut," highlights ISW.

Earlier this week, Ukraine targeted Russian warships near the Crimean Peninsula. On Friday, the British Defense Department stated that the massive ship Minsk was hit. This is part of Ukraine's new efforts in line with the counteroffensive, reports BBC.

Ukraine continues to take steps towards a goal of liberating the Crimean Peninsula. "It's getting closer, but there's still much to do," says retired Ukrainian commander Andriy Ryzhenko.

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