British intelligence: Russia faces dilemma over intensified fighting in lower Dnipro region
Since the beginning of July, fighting has intensified near the lower Dnipro River in Kherson Region. They are taking place near a small Ukrainian bridgehead near the Antonov bridge on the left bank of the region, as well as over islands in the Dnipro delta.
At present, the Russian military leadership is faced with the choice of whether to strengthen its grouping in the Kherson region at the expense of units trying to contain the Ukrainian Defense Forces' counteroffensive in Zaporozhzhia direction. This is stated in a new summary of the British Ministry of Defense.
Citing British intelligence data, the British MoD told about the possible intensification of fighting in the lower reaches of the Dnipro since the beginning of July.
"In addition to intense fighting on the eastern bank around a small Ukrainian bridgehead near the destroyed Antonov bridge, small units of Russian and Ukrainian forces have also competed for islands in the Dnipro delta," the British defense ministry specified.
It added that both Ukrainian soldiers and Russian occupiers use small high-speed motorboats. Ukraine has successfully destroyed some of the occupiers' watercraft with the help of tactical UAVs.
Now Russian military commanders must decide how to respond to the growing threats in the Kherson region.
"Russia faces a dilemma as to whether to respond to these threats by strengthening its Dnipro grouping of troops at the expense of stretched units containing the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Zaporizhzhia region," Britain's Defense Ministry said.
To remind, earlier British intelligence reported that the AFU is conducting counterattacks in two directions in the south, but "has hardly broken through the main Russian defensive lines." At the same time, the aggressor has probably introduced a shell rationing regime for artillery in an attempt to preserve its critical indirect fire capability in Zaporizhzhia direction.