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ISW: Ukraine advancing past final Russian defensive line in western Zaporizhzhia Oblast

by Olena Goncharova September 22, 2023 5:59 AM 1 min read
Ukrainian soldiers maneuver a Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) in the frontline town of Orikhiv, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, on Sept. 17, 2023. (Photo by Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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Geolocated footage shared on Sept. 21 and analyzed by the Institute for the Study of War indicated that Ukrainian armored vehicles advanced south of the anti-tank ditches breaching the Russian tri-layered defense, and engaging in limited combat just west of  Verbove on the southern Zaporizhzhia front.

The institute said it is unclear if Ukrainian forces retain these positions. However, this is the first observed instance of Ukrainian forces operating armored vehicles beyond the Russian tri-layer defense.

"The presence of Ukrainian armored vehicles beyond the final line of the current Russian defensive layer indicates that the Ukrainians have secured their breach of the first two lines of this layer sufficiently to operate vehicles through the breach," the ISW said.

Ukrainian forces have likely suppressed Russian artillery and other anti-tank systems in the area enough to bring their vehicles forward, the experts added.

"The Ukrainian ability to bring armored vehicles to and through the most formidable Russian defenses intended to stop them and to operate these vehicles near prepared Russian defensive positions are important signs of progress in the Ukrainian counteroffensive," the ISW concluded.

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