Ukraine can Defeat Russia Forces if land bridges are  Breached
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Ukraine can Defeat Russia Forces if land bridges are Breached

Ukraine’s counteroffensive is now in its fourth month. Kyiv’s forces, bolstered by Western tanks and weapons, are putting pressure on Russian positions but have yet to achieve a major breakthrough on many fronts, especially in Zaporizhzhia

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The southern battle zone in the Zaporizhzhia region is perhaps the most talked about part of the war at the moment.

Military analyst Sean Bell says this so-called land bridge between Crimea and the Donbas is “the least hard place” for Ukrainians to liberate the most territory.

Ukrainian forces are slowly but steadily pushing south but are coming up against defensive emplacements that Russia has spent months building.

The Surovikin line, named after a Russian general, extends through the area, a triple layer of defenses comprising an anti-tank ditch, dragons’ teeth obstacles, and then defensive positions in trenches.

If Ukrainian forces are able to cut through in Zaporizhzhia and reach the coast of the Sea of Azov – or at least get close enough to hit the remaining territory with artillery – it would effectively cut Russian forces in half.

“If they can break through all those defenses then suddenly there could be a rout of Russian forces in that land bridge,” Bell says.

There has been evidence so far during the counteroffensive that Ukraine has been keeping much of its Western tanks and best-trained troops in reserve, waiting for a breakthrough somewhere along the line.

Now, it seems, there is evidence that some of these tanks are being sent in to fight in the battle for Zaporizhzhia.

“You are never sure what will be the chink that will break the dam, you will never know until the crack emerges and the floodgates open.

“The question is whether the Ukrainians then have the stamina and the morale and the equipment to take advantage of it.”

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