AFU continues limited ground attacks in the south: ISW pointed out how this tactic affects the occupiers
Ukrainian Defense Forces conducted limited ground attacks in the Zaporizhzhya region on August 5. They continue a series of limited offensives and strikes accompanying efforts to block Russian logistics and headquarters in rear areas.
This was pointed out by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Analysts noted that there is still no talk of a major Ukrainian counteroffensive, which is being speculated about in Russia, but of a slow but more effective depletion of the enemy.
The Ukrainian General Staff reported that the Defense Forces continue to conduct counteroffensive operations in the Berdiansk and Melitopol directions. Meanwhile, propagandists claimed that the AFU ground attacks in both areas were allegedly limited, but confirmed their advance in the Orikhiv area.
"Russian sources characterize Ukrainian attacks in southern Ukraine as up to a company size with minimal armored vehicles or tank support. These small Ukrainian ground attacks indicate that they continue to maintain uncommitted reserves for larger mechanized attacks," ISW suggested.
The analysts said the limited AFU attacks could set the stage for larger offensives when Ukraine's campaign to deeply interdict Russian forces behind the lines has already made an impact on the battlefield. They could also support Ukraine's overall efforts to achieve an asymmetric gradient of attrition against the occupiers.
"Major Ukrainian mechanized offensive operations have been sporadic since the start of the counteroffensive in early June. ISW has not observed visual evidence indicating a major offensive at Orikhiv, which Russian sources claimed to occur on July 26," the experts noted.
They are convinced that Russian propagandists deliberately exaggerated the Ukrainian attack to portray the AFU's counteroffensive operations as a "failure." The New York Times wrote that allegedly two anonymous Pentagon officials said that the "major blow" of Ukraine's counteroffensive began on July 26, although it was unclear whether these so-called officials were referring to attacks on that particular day, as other unnamed U.S. sources later retracted those comments.
"Ukrainian Forces are not conducting massive mechanized counter-offensive operations in the Zaporizhzhia direction as their campaign to interdict Russian Federation Forces continues. They continue to conduct a series of multi-caliber but relatively small-scale attacks across the front line, which have the effect of fixing Russian troops in place, tiring and exhausting them," ISW concluded.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Maliar pointed out that the AFU continues to conduct a counter-offensive against the occupation forces. The Ukrainian defenders broke through the first line of defense of the invaders in the south in some places.