Ukraine war enters ‘new phase’, warns Ministry of Defense | world news

The war in Ukraine is entering a new phase, British military intelligence chiefs said this morning.

Russian troops “almost certainly” rally in the south in preparation for a counter-offensive by Ukrainethe Ministry of Defense warned on Saturday.

Long convoys of military trucks, tanks and towed artillery are heading southwest away from the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the Defense Ministry tweeted in an intelligence update.

“Russia’s war against Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting shifting to an approximately 350 km long front line stretching southwest from Zaporizhzhya to Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper River,” the statement said. tweet.

Tactical battalion groups — comprising between 800 and 1,000 troops — have been deployed in Crimea and are expected to support Russian forces in Kherson, according to the MoD update.

It is also believed that equipment was moved from mainland Russia and the Moscow-occupied territories – including Melitopol, Berdiansk and Mariupol – via the Kerch Bridge to Crimea.

Kiev focuses with increasing frequency on bridges, ammunition depots and rail links in southern regions.

Key to this strategy is the major railway linking Kherson to Crimea, with a combination of “block, damage, deny, destroy and disrupt” effects to be deployed in hopes of hindering Russia’s ability to supply logistics. .

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