Yesterday we talked about Ukrainian successes in two areas of their counter-offensive operations. Outnumbered, the current job of Russian forces is mostly to hang in there and hold the defensive lines while reinforcements are being trained. More men and equipment on the way!
I have this piece by our team of plucky girl reporters Darya Volkova and Alyona Zadorozhnaya, here is my translation of their lede:
Using their definite numerical superiority, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) are applying pressure in two direction: Kherson and Luhansk. In the course of [yesterday, Monday], Allied forces successfully repelled all of these attacks.
[yalensis: If this bloody war were an innocent basketball game, then one would have to say that the Russian side are tenaciously guarding their net, but not yet in a position to advance on the other team’s net.]
On the Kherson counter-offensive: Regional Administrator Vladimir Saldo reports that Ukrainian troops were stopped, and destroyed, near the town of Dudchany. Their goal, clearly, is to attack and destroy (if they can) the Hydroelectric Energy Complex in the city of Kakhovka.
On the Luhansk front: yesterday LPR Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Vitaly Kiselev reported that UAF forces, following up on their recent successes after Liman, had attempted to push through to the oil-refining factory in Lisichansk. However, they were pushed back. Street battles are currently raging in the regions near Kremennaya; whereas the cities of Lisichansk, Rubezhnoe and Svatovo are under Ukrainian rocket attack.
Andrei Marochko, who is an officer in the LPR militia, related how his guys used classical military cunning to stop the Ukrainians at the gates of Lisichansk. LPR commanders had studied the [recent] Ukrainian tactic [which they seem to have learned from NATO] of rapidly advancing waves of infantry, storming ahead of and quickly separating from, their armored columns. On this occasion, countering with classical Mongol tactics (which medieval Russians learned from their Mongol partners), LPR troops pulled back and waited. Ukrainian infantry pushed across the Luhansk Oblast border and entered Lisichansk. Meeting no resistance and thereby emboldened, the Ukrainians advanced quickly, increasing the distance between themselves and their supporting armored columns.
Soon to be greeted by Russian combined forces, who had formed a sort of mini-cauldron (which they call a “fire basket”) for their new friends. As we speak, the Ukrainian soldiers are trapped inside this “basket” wherein they struggle, under fire from three sides. Marochko: They advanced about 2 kilometers into our territory, they did this so that Zelensky could joyously announce his military victories; while keeping silent about the fact that he has sent them to a certain death.
The reporters consult with Mikhail Onufriyenko, a pro-Russian Ukrainian military analyst who has been following this war very closely. Like his friend Yury Podolyak, Onufriyenko has been critical of Russian lackadaisical attitudes, and the half-assed approach of the Russian leadership to this very important war.
Onufriyenko: These Ukrainian counter-offensive attacks can be stopped only by a mirror Russian counter-counter-offensive. [As opposed to just playing defense all the time.] During the time of the Special Operation, the enemy studied our tactics, was able to adapt and find ways to utilize his own strong points. “Above all, this is his numerical superiority. With this they are able to build a punching fist in any direction, fortifying it with Western technology, and thus deliver their blows.” Russians must similarly adapt to the enemy’s tactics and better employ its own strong levers: artillery, aviation and rockets. In this manner we can impede the enemy’s movements and cause him maximum harm at each approach.
“Moreover,” Onufriyenko adds, “it is imperative to introduce new technology into the war zone.” He also suggests that it might be a good time to start using heavy bombers: “We need to destroy the enemy’s infrastructure, systematically taking out their railroad polygons and other infrastructure objects that can be used by the UAF.”
Meanwhile, it has been reported that the very first Russian troops, from the first batch of conscription, have just arrived at the front. In Luhansk.