Now it is much more important for the Armed Forces of Ukraine to complete the liberation of the Kharkiv region and focus on the southern direction.
The liberation of Donetsk and Lugansk from Russian invaders is not a priority goal for the Armed Forces of Ukraine now.
This was stated by military expert Sergei Grabsky on the air of the TV channel Freedom.
“From a military point of view, if we look not at a military map, but at a geographical one, we will see one big difficulty, which is an objective reality. This is that such settlements as Donetsk, Gorlovka and others, they are essentially one big city “This is a highly urban area. And the most costly, intense and unpleasant type of hostilities is hostilities in the city. And any army tries to avoid this. Since the end of World War II, not a single million-plus city has been taken with military force, and Kharkiv example of that,” he said.
According to Grabsky, the liberation of Donetsk is leading to heavy, intense fighting that Ukraine cannot afford now.
“Ukraine does not have the luxury of throwing our units into this crucible of very ineffective military operations. Donetsk and Luhansk, precisely today, in that configuration of the front line, are not yet a priority for the Ukrainian armed forces,” the expert said.
Grabsky added that now it is much more important for the Armed Forces of Ukraine to complete the liberation of the Kharkiv region, gain a foothold on the left bank of the Oskol and move further into the Luhansk region.
“The priority is precisely the northeast direction. And do not forget about the exceptional importance of the southern direction. Any success of Ukraine in the Kherson and Zaporozhye directions will deal a colossal blow to the sacred place of both Putin and many Russians who support him – in Crimea. This will destroy the myth of ” unsinkable aircraft carrier.” And political processes for the liberation of Donetsk and Luhansk can start after the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops on the coast of the Sea of Azov,” the expert said.
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On September 12, Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar announced that Ukraine had already liberated almost 6 thousand square meters. km. its territory. This includes the cities of Izyum, Kupyansk and Volchansk. On September 14, Malyar said that since September 6, the Ukrainian Defense Forces had already liberated 8,500 square kilometers of territory, about 388 settlements.
On September 16, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced that almost the entire Kharkiv region had already been de-occupied.
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Separately, analysts described how the Ukrainian army increased pressure on Russian units in the east. If the situation develops in a similar way, it will become difficult for the enemy to defend.
The Russian occupiers also continue to advance in the Donbas instead of sending reinforcements to the areas of attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to experts, such actions are “out of touch with reality.”