Russians pushing for breakthrough near Vuhledar, but unlikely to succeed, says UK intelligence

23 February, 12:24 PM
The Russian army is preparing for a new offensive near Vuhledar (Photo:REUTERS)

The Russian army is preparing for a new offensive near Vuhledar (Photo:REUTERS)

There is a realistic possibility that Russia is preparing for another offensive effort near the town of Vuhledar, Donetsk Oblast, despite costly failed attacks in early February and late 2022, the UK’s Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter on Feb. 23.

According to UK intelligence, over the last 48 hours, heavy fighting has continued in the Bakhmut sector, where Ukrainian forces are keeping resupply routes open to the west despite Russia’s creeping encirclement over the last six weeks.

Further south in Donetsk Oblast, the town of Vuhledar has again experienced heavy shelling.

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“Russia’s Eastern Group of Forces likely still has responsibility for the Vuhledar operation,” the ministry said in its daily summary.

“Its commander, Colonel General Rustam Muradov, is likely under intense pressure to improve results following harsh criticism from the Russian nationalist community after previous setbacks. However, it is unlikely that Muradov has a striking force capable of achieving a breakthrough.”

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