May 19, 2024

The Russian offensive on Vovchansk is the result of Western policy, – ISW

The invaders can cut Ukrainian land lines of communication to Vovchansk.”, — write:

The invaders can cut Ukrainian land lines of communication to Vovchansk.

The Russians are advancing on Vovchansk / collage UNIAN, photo 93 OMBr Kholodny Yar, photo UNIAN, Vyacheslav RatynskyiThe Russians are advancing on Vovchansk / collage UNIAN, photo 93 OMBr Kholodny Yar, photo UNIAN, Vyacheslav RatynskyiThe offensive of Russian troops on Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region is a consequence of the “policy of silence” of the West. It is about banning the use of the provided systems by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for strikes on military targets in the Russian Federation.

“Russia’s offensive efforts to capture Vovchansk are largely the result of the West’s tacit policy that Ukrainian forces cannot use Western-provided systems to strike legitimate military targets in Russia,” says the report of the Institute for the Study of War.

According to analysts, if the occupiers try to surround Vovchansk, they will approach the city through Bugruvatka, Staritsa and Izbytske and through Vovchanski Khutory. If any of these settlements are captured, the invaders can cut the Ukrainian land lines of communication to Vovchansk. In this case, others, along the T2104 route, would become decisive for the defense of the city. The occupying forces began to attack bridges across nearby reservoirs more often in order to isolate the defenders of Vovchansk from other areas.

According to Ukrainian military observer Kostyantyn Mashovets, this city became the enemy’s main target in the northern Kharkiv direction. The Russians want to bypass the settlement from the south-west and south. The expert emphasized that the invaders had “a lot of opportunities” due to the proximity of Vovchansk to the border with the Russian Federation. They can conduct operations with limited forces and means to achieve a specific result, can provide control and fire support without moving artillery, quickly deliver fuel and weapons to the front line.

Battles in the Kharkiv regionAs UNIAN reported, on the night of May 12, it became known that the occupiers captured Strelecha, Pylne, Krasne, Borysivka, Ohirtseve, and Pletenivka in the Kharkiv region.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces reported that fierce fighting was ongoing. The enemy used up to five battalions to capture the city of Vovchansk.

According to DeepState, over the past day, Russian invaders advanced near Verbovoy, in Krasnohorivka, in Netaylovo, west of Semenivka and east of Novopokrovsky.

ISW explained why Russia wants to capture Vovchansk. According to analysts, the Russians may plan to use offensive actions near Vovchansk in order to press the operational rear of the Armed Forces defending in the Kupyansk direction. The enemy needs this to force the command to withdraw the Ukrainian units on this part of the front.

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