Russian troops in Donbas fail to gain momentum after "operational pause," says ISW

22 July, 02:37 PM
Russian occupier (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian occupier (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The current Russian operational tempo is not markedly different from what it was during the officially declared operational pause between July 7 and July 16, U.S. think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in their report on July 21.

According to the agency, Russian forces continued to conduct minor attacks throughout that period to the northwest of Slovyansk and around the Siversk and Bakhmut areas without capturing any decisive ground.

In addition, Russian troops have continued local attacks to the east of Siversk, as well as east and south of Bakhmut since July 16, however they have not made any major territorial gains in these areas as of July 21.

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"The Russian grouping northwest of Slovyansk has in fact conducted fewer ground attacks along the Kharkiv-Donetsk Oblast border than it did during the official operational pause," the report says.

Based on the collected data, ISW predicts that Russian forces will likely continue to employ their reserves of lower-precision Soviet weapons systems, but the decisiveness of these strikes, compared to the impact of Ukrainian HIMARS strikes, is likely to remain limited.

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