Rain, wind, and mud: Weather challenges plague Ukrainian conflic

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.03 - 2023 11:19 AM CET

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The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reports that severe weather conditions are significantly affecting hostilities in Ukraine. The December 2 report highlights how bad weather is hampering military operations for both Ukrainian defenders and Russian occupiers.

Analysts from ISW confirm that while the bad weather doesn't completely halt military actions, it is slowing down the pace of hostilities along the entire front line.

Lieutenant Colonel Volodymyr Fitio, spokesperson for the Ground Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, notes that Russian troops use aviation in the Bakhmut direction when the weather permits. Surprisingly, the weather has not significantly affected Russian artillery fire in the same area.

Russian military bloggers reported that strong winds in the Bakhmut and western Zaporizhzhia Oblast areas hindered the use of drones and artillery for the past two days.

Light rain allows Russian forces to conduct aerial reconnaissance, but the muddy terrain in western Zaporizhzhia Oblast makes it difficult for infantry and wheeled vehicles to advance. Despite these challenges, Ukrainian forces continue intense artillery fire.

Weather-related setbacks are impacting both sides in the conflict, showcasing the resilience of both Ukrainian defenders and Russian occupiers in adapting to difficult conditions.

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