UKR breaks RUS main defensive line wth armor as forces make critical advances

Source: The Hill | September 25, 2023 | Brad Dress

Ukraine breaks Russia’s main defensive line with armor as forces make critical advances

Ukrainian armor has broken through Russia’s main defensive line in the southeast for the first time and is making major advances toward the town of Verbove, a sign the counteroffensive is continuing to pick up the pace and could soon reach a breakthrough.

Ukraine’s infantry made it past the main layer of defenses in the front line weeks ago, but armored vehicles have now rolled past dragon’s teeth obstacles and are advancing near the town of Verbove in a critical step for Kyiv’s operation.

Armored vehicles, including American-made Strykers, breached the main layer of the infamous “Surovikin line” of defenses, named for the Russian Gen. Sergei Surovikin, which is made up of trenches, mines and antitank obstacles.

The Institute for the Study of War first assessed last week that armored vehicles likely penetrated the main layer, though it wasn’t immediately clear if the positions would hold.

Ukrainian commanders have also confirmed to media outlets that the armored vehicles blasted through the main line after troops cleared the way.

Videos and images online are also showing the breach, which indicates Ukraine is securing its position behind Russia’s defensive layers.

If Ukraine can secure its advance around the towns of Verbove and Novoprokopivka next, it can then advance toward Tokmak, a key waypoint toward the ultimate objective of taking the city of Melitopol.

Ukraine still has a long way to go, at least 15 miles or so, to reach Tokmak, and the path is scattered with more Russian defenses.


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