Ukrainian forces gain ground: Wins in Eastern Ukraine boost morale and momentum

Written by Jeppe W

Oct.31 - 2023 8:04 AM CET


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Ukrainian defense forces have made confirmed advances near the strategic city of Bakhmut, as well as in the western part of the Zaporizhzhia region.

This progression marks a crucial phase in the ongoing conflict, highlighting the resilience and determination of the Ukrainian military in the face of adversity.

According to expert analysis from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), geolocation data from October 30 reveals that Ukrainian troops have successfully advanced northeast of Kurdyumivka, positioning them approximately 10 km southwest of Bakhmut.

This strategic movement showcases the capability of the Ukrainian forces and their continuous efforts to reclaim territory.

In addition to the advancements near Bakhmut, the Ukrainian military has also made minor yet significant gains west of Robotyne in the western Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

The Ukrainian General Staff has confirmed the continuation of offensive operations in this region, emphasizing the relentless nature of their military campaign.

Russian Reaction and Reinforcement

Despite the Ukrainian advances, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander of the Ground Forces of Ukraine, has noted that Russian troops have “significantly strengthened their grouping” near Bakhmut.

The Russian military has transitioned from defensive tactics to a more “active” stance in response to the Ukrainian progression. However, as of now, the ISW reports that there have not been any significant changes in the composition of Russian troops near Bakhmut.

Russian "war correspondents" have reported ongoing positional battles in several areas around Bakhmut, including near Berkhivka, Vasyukivka, and Orikhovo-Vasylivka.

These reports underscore the intensity of the conflict in this region and the continued efforts by both sides to gain a strategic advantage.

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