Russia pauses Slovyansk advance and redeploys southward, ISW report says

2 August, 01:14 PM
Russian occupier (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian occupier (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian forces continue to redeploy forces from Donbas towards Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, likely putting a hold on their attempts to seize the key city of Slovyansk in Donetsk Oblast, U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in its Aug. 1 report.

Spokesperson for Ukraine’s Military Intelligence Department, Vadym Skybytskyi, said that Russian paratrooper units were withdrawn from Donbas and sent to shore up Moscow’s defenses in Kherson Oblast.

“Russian forces are also redeploying elements of the Eastern Military District operating in Slovyansk to southern Ukraine and are transferring a large number of troops to Crimea to prepare to defend occupied Kherson and/or Zaporizhzhya oblasts against Ukrainian counter-offensives,” ISW’s report says, citing Skybytskyi.

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The UK Ministry of Defense earlier reported that Russia has likely identified its positions in Zaporizhzhya Oblast as vulnerable, and now seeks to reinforce its troops there.

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