A major opening in the Russian defense lines to the south Ukraine his army succeeded Kievsaid one of the most senior generals her in the British newspaper The Guardian.
“We are currently between the first and second lines of (Russian) defense,” he said General Oleksandr Tarnavsky, in charge of the counter-offensive in the southin this interview published over the weekend, a few days after Kiev announced a symbolic victory with the recapture of the village of Robotine.
It is therefore understood that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is increasingly rejecting criticism of the alleged slowness of the counteroffensive launched in June to retake territory seized by Moscow.
“We are now finishing the destruction of enemy units tasked with protecting Russian troops when they withdraw behind their second line of defense,” said the general, whose troops liberated the (southern) city of Kherson last year.
As General Tarnavsky reported, Moscow’s forces had “simply halted and waited for the Ukrainian army” and are now redeploying their troops from the front lines inside occupied Ukraine – Kherson to the west and Liman to the northeast – and also from the interior of Russia, he said.
“The enemy is drawing on its reserves, not only in Ukraine but also in Russia. Sooner or later, the Russians will run out of the best soldiers. This will give us the opportunity to attack more and faster”, said the general. “Everything is in front of us,” he added.
General Tarnavskyi explained, moreover, that the Ukrainian army was delayed in its counterattack because it “spent more time than expected to demine the territories” occupied by the Russians. Demining had to be done mostly at night, he said.
The offensive in the south is aimed at reaching the Sea of Azov, some 90 kilometers away, splitting Russian-held areas of southern Ukraine in half and cutting off a critical supply route to and from the Crimean peninsula.
“Unfortunately, the evacuation of the wounded was difficult for us. And that also complicated our advance,” he added, admitting that Kiev had suffered significant losses.
“The closer we get to victory, the more difficult it becomes. Why; Because, unfortunately, we are losing the strongest and the best” soldiers, he explained.
“Now, we have to focus on certain zones and finish the job. It doesn’t matter how hard this is for each of us,” he added.
Source: News Beast
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