Russia is sending reinforcements into eastern Ukraine in preparation for a potential fresh attack that might start next week along a front where there have been constant clashes for months according to a Ukrainian governor,
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Ukraine, which is in dire need of Western military assistance, fears that Russia may launch a significant attack around the invasion’s “symbolic” anniversary on February 24. Moscow continues to refer to this invasion as “a unique military operation.”
While waiting for the anticipated longer-range Western missiles and combat tanks, which some analysts claim would take months to arrive, Ukraine is preparing its own spring operation to retake lost territory.
Arrival of Heavier Equipment
Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk area, reportedly told Ukrainian television that they are observing an increase in the number of (Russian) reserves being sent in their direction, as well as the arrival of heavier equipment.
They provide ammunition that is no longer employed for nonstop shelling and is instead sent for other uses.They are preparing for a full-scale onslaught by gradually starting to save. They’ll probably need 10 days to obtain supplies. We may anticipate this offense at any point after February 15.
No Personnel Changes On The Frontline
As the war’s first anniversary draws near, it is at a turning point, with Russia advancing with hundreds of thousands of mobilized reserve forces and Ukraine no longer making advances similar to how it did in 2022’s second half.
As Russia makes its first eastward push in six months, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated personnel changes on the frontline and border will strengthen Ukraine’s military operations. This comes amid doubt about the future of his defense minister.
Zelenskiy did not explicitly address the uncertainty about whether his defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, will be removed in his Monday evening address, but he did say he intended to blend administrative and military skills in local and central administration.
Reznikov would have been moved to another ministerial position on Sunday, according to Zelenskiy’s parliamentary caucus leader David Arakhamia, but on Monday he stated that “there will be no personnel changes in the defense sector this week.”
Political And Administrative Reforms in Ukraine
Zelenskiy’s government is undergoing the most significant political and administrative reforms since Russia’s invasion about a year ago, according to him, in order to demonstrate that Ukraine is a responsible custodian of billions of dollars in military aid and other assistance from the West.
He also added that they will pick leaders with military experience in a lot of regions, especially those that are border regions or on the front line. Those who can demonstrate that they are most adept at fending off current challenges
In response to rumors that Zelenskiy could visit Brussels this week, the European Union said that he has been invited to attend a gathering of EU leaders. If true, this would be only his second known overseas journey since the invasion started.
An inquiry for comment was not answered by Zelenskiy’s office.
Russia’s New Offensive
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Monday evening that within a 24-hour period, Russia committed 36 shelling events, 12 airstrikes, and five missile assaults, all of which impacted southern sites like Kherson.
According to the report, Ukrainian aircraft have carried out nine attacks against two anti-aircraft sites and concentrations of Russian soldiers. Reuters was unable to confirm reports from the front lines right away.
According to Ukrainian defense researcher Oleksandr Kovalenko, the eastern Luhansk area, the Donetsk region, the Zaporizhzhia region, and the city and port of Mariupol might all be targets of a fresh Russian attack.
Bakhmut, where Soviet state media said the Wagner mercenary force had established a stronghold, has been Russia’s major priority in eastern Ukraine for months. On Monday night, Ukraine reported that Russian soldiers had practiced artillery, mortar, and tank fire there during the previous 24 hours.
According to Kovalenko, the Russians may utilize Mariupol, which they took from Ukrainian forces in May, to transport soldiers and weapons for a fresh onslaught.