Robin Horsfall June 25
The withdrawal from Severodonetsk is not a defeat. It is simply a tactical withdrawal. With supply lines in the rear threatened and bridges destroyed there was no reason to lose troops fighting for a city that has been flattened by artillery. There was an increasing risk of Ukrainian forces being cut off.
After a long battle which forced Russia to expend huge amounts of men and materiel it was time to pull back to new defensive positions. Russia might regard conquering a pile of rubble as a victory but it is a pyric victory at best. It has cost them more than they wished to spend. To advance again Russian forces must cross the Donetsk River under heavy fire and start the process all over again.
In the north near Kharkiv Russia is static but hoping for support from Belarus. This is a wild card that hasn’t been played yet. Alexander Lukashenko has little confidence that his army will obey him if he orders them to invade Ukraine. In the South Russia is struggling to hold Kherson on the Dnipro River. In the Black Sea the Russian fleet has retreated out to sea to avoid missile attacks.
Retreat is not defeat, it is good tactical soldiering which preserves Ukrainian armed forces and enables them to fight another day.
Who Dares Shares.