Translated from Ukrainian via Google
The liberation of Kherson – the only regional center captured by the Russian army at the very beginning of a full-scale invasion – became a landmark event not only for all Ukrainians, but also directly for the occupiers. And now panic moods reign in Russia: they even started talking about the fact that in the near future a similar situation can be expected with other still occupied cities of Ukraine.
What is happening and what can be expected – read the material OBOZREVATEL.
De-occupation in full swing
As reported in the Operational Command “South”, over the past week in the Nikolaev and Kherson regions , the Defense Forces have already liberated 179 settlements.
The most significant, of course, was the liberation of the regional center – Kherson . Ukrainians, forced to spend more than eight months in occupation, greeted our soldiers with tears in their eyes and said that November 11 was the happiest day in their lives.
The situation in Kherson is now difficult, as the occupiers blew up critical infrastructure before fleeing, leaving local residents without electricity, water, heating and the opportunity to contact their families. However, Ukrainian television has already started working, as well as two mobile operators, humanitarian cargo has gone to the city – and this is just the beginning.
Normal life will definitely be restored.
The invaders went on the defensive
As for the Russian troops, they were forced to flee to the left bank of the Dnieper. There they are building fortifications in an accelerated manner, fearing a breakthrough by the Ukrainian army. Moreover, defense lines are being raised along the entire front line, and not only in the Kherson region: for example, anti-tank “dragon teeth” are now being hastily installed in the Zaporozhye, Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
The main “headache” of the Russian army is to keep the land corridor to the Crimea. According to the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine in 2005-2010, Army General Mykola Malomuzh , which he shared with OBOZREVATEL, first of all, after the retreat from the right bank of the Dnieper, the Russians will try to strengthen their positions on the left bank and in the Zaporozhye region.
“Because the enemy assumes that in the future we can strike on the left bank of the Dnieper, where the plain is and we have the opportunity to use very powerful missiles, for example, HIMARS, M270, other artillery and self-propelled guns. We get new tanks, new self-propelled guns, which hit up to 80 kilometers. In the flat territories of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, this is a very powerful weapon,” said Malomuzh.
In his opinion, it is precisely because of the fear of the Russians that the Ukrainian army could cut the southern corridor that all the forces of the invaders are now thrown on the defensive.
“Prepare for a New Surrender”
In the meantime, there is more and more panic in Russia now. The flight from the right bank of the Dnieper pretty much demoralized the enemy.
True, they prefer to call what happened there “an agreement” – but this is understandable. For many years, the Russian army was positioned as “the second in the world,” and here the Ukrainians not only did not let it “take Kyiv in three days,” but they are driven like mangy dogs. The myth just crumbled.
But now they have already started talking that in the near future Russian troops may also flee from the remaining occupied part of the Kherson region, as well as Zaporozhye . It is there that the Russian army definitely does not have the strength to attack, the defense is also not going smoothly, and the mobilization reserve will help only after the new year. But the main problem is the difficulty in providing units, there is also a critical lack of equipment.
According to the military-political observer of the Information Resistance group Oleksandr Kovalenko , the provision of the units of the occupying army, which are located in the south of Ukraine, now goes along just one railway line on the Crimean bridge, which is defectively working in reverse mode.
“I want to note that wherever there is a decrease in the efficiency of the system for providing and managing advanced units, a collapse of defense is inevitable. And this process is already observed on the southern bridgehead near the ROV. By their flight from the right bank, they only accelerated it. Wherever you go, there is an ambush everywhere” , – says Kovalenko.
This is well understood in the Russian Federation. Perhaps that is why a number of Russian Telegram channels have already erupted with “disapproval” about a new “surrender of territories”.
For example, panicked Russians are already preparing to “give up” Melitopol (Zaporozhye region), relying on the “announcement” of the President of Ukraine. True, again, like a mantra, they repeat that all this is a kind of “agreement”.
And only a few from the occupation channels admit that the Ukrainian army is not a PR force, but a worthy adversary, a clash with which is no joke.
Therefore, they are afraid of the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as a result of which a serious breakthrough may occur. Kherson’s experience showed this well.