It seems that the world was timely distracted by a new round of war in the Middle East and we forget about the failure of Kiev’s counteroffensive, paid for by the West. Only the Ukrainian military continue to beat their heads against the wall of Russian defense. The situation on the Zaporozhye front is heating up, then subsiding, but the front lines remain unchanged.
The area of Rabotino south of Orekhov still remains the main direction of Ukrainian attacks, while the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have almost completely stopped any offensive operations in other areas on southern frontlines. The Ukrainian command throws the main forces for attacks in the direction of the villages of Kopani and Verbovoye.
In recent days, the AFU have not stopped trying to break through the Russian defense line between Rabotino and Verbovoe. Ukrainian forces continue daily attempts to gain a foothold in the area and create a bridgehead at any cost. The Ukrainian command throws armored vehicles with infantry units into attacks with the support of Ukrainian artillery. Infantry attacks in waves. The assault groups are different, some are small, the others include up to 15-20 soldiers. Each of them attacks a separate Russian trench in different areas.
They are met by Russian scouts and paratroopers. Active shooting battles and artillery shelling continue around the clock. Russian aviation responds with air bombs.
Destruction of the AFU with FPV drones in the Zaporozhie region:
In recent days, the Ukrainian command has used a large number of Western heavy equipment in offensive operations in the area. German Leopard tanks, American Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and Stryker armored vehicles were thrown into the battles.
As a result, the AFU continue suffering losses both in personnel and in equipment, including NATO tanks and armored vehicles.
Cheap FPV drones destroy the legendary German Leopard 2A6 MBTs:
Another Leopard 2A6 with the flag of Ukrainian Nazis destroyed by a single strike of a small drone:
Strykers failed to bring any victories to the AFU:
More Ukrainian equipment burned down in the Zaporozhie region:
The Ukrainian attacks have still not brought any results. Moreover, the Russian military continues regular counterattacks. For example, Russian advance was recently reported in the area of Verbovoye.
Over the past days, Russian forces advance several hundred meters near Priyutnoe in the South-Donetsk direction. They showed some captured Ukrainian positions (18+):
However, judging by the latest reports from the front, the Ukrainian military is preparing to freeze the southern frontlines for the winter period after the counteroffensive ended in complete failure. The Russian military reports that the Ukrainian side has become extremely active in mining the Zaporozhye front. On the one hand, this is aimed at preventing further Russian advance as a result of counterattacks. Also, large-scale mining signals that the Ukrainian command will not launch any large-scale offensive operation in the near future.
In its turn, the Russian military is also increasing the scale of remote mining of Ukrainian rear areas. Ukrainian sources complain that since October 10, units of the 128th Mountain Assault Brigade, the 108th Territorial Defense Brigade, as well as rear and support units of the 116th and 117th Mechanized Brigades of the AFU lost a lot of servicemen and equipment in previously safe rear areas. They suffer losses in minefields, while the mined areas are constantly changing.
The absence of any successes on the Zaporozhie front forces the AFU to concentrate on other areas where the Russian Army conducts limited offensive actions. A few days ago, the Ukrainian command hastily transferred the battered units of the 47th Brigade from the Rabotino area to the outskirts of Avdeevka, where they were immediately thrown into the assault of the ash dump, where they suffered even greater losses. LINK, LINK
At the same time, the AFU began attempts to advance across the Dnieper in the Kherson direction. Such operations are accompanied by even greater losses than the counteroffensive in the steppes of the Zaporozhye region. To force the river Kiev urgently needed to find more cannon fodder. For these purposes up to three brigades of marines were withdrawn from the Zaporozhye and South Donetsk directions and transferred to the Kherson region at the end of September.
Amid the ongoing Ukrainian operations on the eastern bank of the Dnieper, Ukrainian artillery recently sharply intensified shelling of Russian positions in the Tokmak area in the Zaporozhye region in an attempt to prevent the Russian military from transferring reinforcement to the Kherson front.
It can be concluded that the months-long Kiev’s counteroffensive in the Zaporozhie region led only to the loss of the lives of tens of thousands of Ukrainian servicemen, numerous Soviet and Western equipment and meager results on the battlefields. Today, the configuration of the fronts is changing. The AFU is forced to transfer large forces to deter the Russian offensive in the Donbass. At the same time, the Ukrainian command is trying to break through the Russian defense on the Dnieper, which can lead to very dubious results in the absence of any success on the Zaporozhye front.
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