Chongar Trap: Dnieper Left Bank Can Turn Into 'Mousetrap' For Occupiers1
- 26.01.2023, 16:16
The Russians are afraid of new landing operations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense reported on a successful reconnaissance raid in the Nova Kakhovka area on the night of January 23-24. The Armed Forces of Ukraine crossed the Dnieper and broke into the rear of the enemy. The Russians are frankly afraid of new landing operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Squeezed between the banks of the Dnieper and the narrow Crimean isthmuses, the invaders found themselves practically in a logistical trap and are struggling to avoid the southern "mousetrap" by attacking Zaporizhzhia and near Vuhledar.
The effective special operation of the Ukrainian military intelligence officers in the Kherson region was commented on by a military analyst, co-chairman of the civil initiative "Right Cause" Dmytro Snehirev on January 25 on the air of the Direct TV channel, writes Stopkor.
"Russian sources report numerous attempts by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to cross the Dnieper and land troops. Moreover, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the successful raid. Another question is how large-scale this operation actually was. But it testifies, first of all, that the Armed Forces of Ukraine consider the liberation of the left bank of the Kherson region as one of their priorities. And we are talking, obviously, not only about the option of de-occupying the south, starting from the Zaporizhzhia region — by land, but also about a more complex option — with forcing a natural water obstacle," the expert notes.
It should be noted that the Russian public on the morning of January 26 reported about another "attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine across the Dnieper" — already in the Kherson region. However, at present, this information has not been confirmed by official sources, so we can talk about IPSO and "stuffing" from the enemy.
At the same time, pro-Kremlin military bloggers openly declare that they expect new landing operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Kinburn Spit and Nova Kakhovka. Accordingly, the enemy is trying to gain a foothold in the south of the Kherson region by building fortifications, transferring reserves and chaotic shelling of the right bank of the Dnieper.
"The Russians can increase the contingent here. But now the entire occupied territory of the Kherson region is under the fire control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Remember the incident with a missile attack on a Russian colony on the Chongar Isthmus? This is actually the gate to the Crimea. If we keep the entrance to the Crimea under fire, having weapons with a range of up to 80 km, then after the Ramstein and receiving missiles with a range of 150 km, the left-bank Kherson region will turn into a shooting range for shooting invaders. Therefore, an increase in numbers will not help the Russians — their group is actually in a trap," says Snehirev.
This opinion is shared by a military observer, coordinator of the Information Resistance group Kostyantyn Mashovets. According to him, the Russian command understands perfectly well that the southern group of the Russian Federation, "lost in a corner", on the left bank of the Kherson region, risks ending up in a logistic mousetrap. It is precisely with this that the intensification of hostilities in the Zaporizhzhia direction and near Vuhledar is connected: the invaders are trying with all their might to prevent the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
"Obviously, the very real prospect of inflicting a strike against Melitopol and Berdyansk or in the northern part of the Luhansk region (or even simultaneous such actions) also makes certain adjustments to the implementation of the enemy's plan to "gnaw through" the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donbas" ... with quite obvious hypothetical catastrophic consequences for the enemy, especially the herd that is now entrenched "in the corner" along the left bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region. And yes, the activity in the Zaporizhzhia direction in this context is clearly not accidental and is due, apparently, precisely to these considerations," the analyst emphasizes.