ISW: AFU conducts operations on the left bank of Kherson region, but occupants learned some "lessons" from Zaporizhzhia
Ukraine's military-political command confirmed the presence of the Defense Forces on the left bank of the Kherson region. The defenders have established bridgeheads and are conducting ground operations aimed at pushing Russian troops beyond the artillery strike on the right bank of the Kherson region.
In turn, the Russian invaders, while building defensive operations in the Kherson region, learned "lessons" from their attempts to man a multi-level defense in the west of the Zaporizhzhia region during the Ukrainian counteroffensive. This is stated in the analysis of the Institute for War Studies.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that Ukrainian marines have successfully seized several bridgeheads on the left bank and are taking steps to expand these positions. Analysts note that Ukraine's official recognition of these positions as footholds indicates that the command believes that these positions are sufficient to continue ground operations on the left bank of the Kherson region.
The Ukrainian military also explained that one of the main operational tasks of the Ukrainian ground operation on the left bank is to prevent Russia from shelling Ukrainian civilians on the right bank of the Kherson region. The ISW noted that Russian 152-mm cannon artillery systems have an approximate range of 25 km, although Russian troops are unlikely to deploy these systems close to the front line due to the threat of Ukrainian counter-battery fire.
In addition, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine added that the defenders are conducting sabotage, raids and reconnaissance on the left bank of the Kherson region, and are closely monitoring Russian positions in search of intelligence on enemy logistics and ammunition concentrations.
At the same time, analysts note that the Russian occupiers are applying the "learned lessons" from their attempts to man a multi-level defense in the western Zaporizhzhia region to current defense operations in the Kherson region. Russian troops have managed to build a fairly serious line of fortifications in the Kherson region.
The Ukrainian military characterized the Russian defensive positions as "complex dugouts that Russian troops have been building for several months." It is also known that Russian terrorists densely mined the area around the village of Krynky.
It is worth noting that Russian troops are not deploying their forces in columns on the direct front line on the left bank, probably in an attempt to protect the concentration of manpower from Ukrainian artillery fire and drone strikes.
On November 14, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andrii Yermak, confirmed the advance of the defenders on the left bank of the Kherson region for the first time. The Ukrainian Armed Forces managed to take a foothold on the temporarily occupied left bank.
Earlier, it was reported that Ukrainian defenders continued combat operations on the left bank of the Kherson region. However, they warn that there will be no immediate liberation of the settlements.