Russian military digs mega-trench over 70 kilometers long in Zaporizhzhya Oblast – satellite imagery
The trench, which is part of the line of defense of the occupiers in the Zaporizhzhia region, was shown by Russian propagandists (Photo:The Center for Journalistic Investigations)
In anticipation of Ukraine’s Spring counteroffensive, Russia’s military appears to be digging in – literally.
A week after satellite images uncovered massive trenches in Crimea, new satellite images have shown a massive, 70-kilometer-long trench in occupied Zaporizhzhya Oblast.
The Center for Journalistic Investigations discovered the earthworks using Sentinel-2 satellite imagery.
The continuous trench runs for over 70 kilometers and extends from the outskirts of Semenivka, aboutnine kilometers from the center of Melitopol, to a field outside the village of Marynivka in the Prymorskyi district.
Based on CJI estimates, construction began in early September 2022, with the defensive line dug from both directions simultaneously. The estimate the trench was completed in mid-October.
The 70-kilometer ditch represents almost one-third of the length of Zaporizhzhya Oblast from east to west (205 km).
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