Ukrainian Armed Forces advance in the west of Zaporizhzhia region, occupants intensify mine work in the area of Robotyne-Verbove - ISW
On October 8, the Ukrainian defense forces continued counteroffensives near Bakhmut and in Zaporizhzhia region, where they made a slight advance to the west. The occupiers, trying to prevent Ukrainian soldiers from advancing, intensified mining on the Robotyne-Verbove line.
The propagandists are also spreading "fake news" that the weather will stop the Ukrainian Armed Forces' counteroffensive, but the defenders emphasize that this is not the case. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) analyzed the course of the fighting.
Analysts noted that on October 8, Ukrainian forces made limited progress north of Novoprokopivka. The Russians claimed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had also advanced near Kopani.
The General Staff confirmed partial successes of the Defense Forces northeast of Andriivka (7 km southwest of Bakhmut), while Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces continued to attack near Andriivka and Kurdyumivka.
Russian propagandists claimed that the deteriorating weather conditions on the Bakhmut and Zaporizhzhia directions were affecting Ukraine's offensive operations, as well as the work of Russian aerial reconnaissance.
Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the Tauride group of Ukrainian troops, confirmed that the activity of Russian drones and aircraft had indeed decreased in recent days due to the bad weather.
For his part, Captain Ilya Yevlash, spokesman for the Eastern Military Group, emphasized that bad weather may affect the work of UAVs and aviation, but it will not stop the Ukrainian counteroffensive.
According to ISW, Russian troops are intensifying mining in the area of Robotyne - Verbove and are trying to consolidate Ukrainian forces in frontline areas away from the western part of Zaporizhzhia region.
Russian bloggers reported that the Russian Armed Forces had begun to mine previously cleared areas on the line of these settlements to "achieve tactical surprise."
The propagandists claimed that intensive Russian mining and development activities had prevented the movement of heavy Ukrainian cargo and equipment in these areas in recent days. A prominent Kremlin-linked blogger claimed that Russian troops had intensified tactical offensives on several frontline areas outside Zaporizhzhia region to "stretch the Ukrainian defense and divide the attention of Ukrainians."
Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the Tauride group of Ukrainian troops, said that Russian troops are trying to fix the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Avdiivka and Maryinka directions and prevent them from moving their reserves to the Zaporizhzhia direction.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, 33 combat engagements took place on the Ukrainian front on October 8. The defense forces successfully repelled enemy attacks in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Kupyansk and Lyman sectors.