Ukrainian troops will starve and stretch Russian defense, and bad weather will not prevent counteroffensive - CNN
Ukrainian troops are using combined strikes against the Russian occupation forces to "starve and stretch the enemy's defense". This tactic will not be hampered by the fall weather.
CNN wrote about the adaptation of the Ukrainian counteroffensive. The journalists quoted Admiral Tony Radakin, Chief of the British Defense Staff. He described the strategy of the Defense Forces against the occupiers as "starve, stretch and strike".
Franz-Stephan Gadi, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Michael Coffman, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote in The Economist that "the ability of Ukrainian soldiers to quickly adopt Western technology led to misplaced optimism that the time required to create cohesive combat units could be reduced."
Now, according to experts, Ukrainian soldiers have returned to the style of warfare they know best. They are using small mobile infantry groups to advance in territory that is heavily fortified by the Russians.
Last week, in an interview with CNN, Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavsky, commander of the Tavria operational and strategic grouping of troops, said: "Neither the enemy nor we mainly use companies, battalions or brigades, but assault units. Groups of 10-15 people."
Ukraine uses such tactics to reduce losses. "The main skill of every commander of any level is to save personnel," Tarnavsky said.
In addition, this style of warfare will not be affected by the weather.
"Weather can be a serious obstacle during an offensive. But given the way we are moving forward - and we are mostly moving forward without the use of equipment - I don't think it will have a big impact on this stage of the counteroffensive," the brigadier general added.
CNN suggested that attacks on the rear of the Russian invaders will intensify.
High-profile operations, such as the strikes on the Sevastopol shipyard and the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, "help to strengthen morale and remind Ukraine's allies that it is still on the front lines," the outlet said.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported:
- On the morning of October 1, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that our defenders were continuing their offensive in the Melitopol sector and offensive operations in the Bakhmut sector.
- The soldiers are destroying the enemy, liberating the temporarily occupied territories step by step, and consolidating their positions. More details about the situation at the frontline can be found in the report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine here.