Ukraine fights to break through Russian lines

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The situation in Ukraine

Since the recapture of the small village of Robotyne in the Zaporizhia region, the big breakthrough that Ukraine hoped for has not been achieved. Soldiers from the 65th Brigade, who led the attack, said they could not completely control the village and were advancing slowly. Russian forces have retreated behind heavily fortified positions and Ukrainian soldiers face shortages of manpower, ammunition and drones.

A village without strategic value

For Commander Igor Korol, the capture of Robotyne was above all a public relations operation, the village having no strategic value. He emphasizes that reality is different from big announcements and quick victories. Although the Ukrainian army controls the village, it cannot move freely in the area due to continued Russian fire.

Heavy Russian defenses

Although Russian forces no longer occupy Robotyne, the village is still within their reach. Russian defenses, including underground bunkers, trenches, anti-tank barrages and minefields, make large-scale infantry operations and advance in armored vehicles impossible. The Ukrainian army has an ambitious goal of reaching the Sea of ​​Azov and cutting off the supply lines of Russian forces.

A difficult fight for the Ukrainians

The Ukrainian forces are only advancing inch by inch and are constantly under enemy fire. Soldiers can only advance between enemy barrages within “three to five minutes.” The Russians are using heavy artillery, mortars, suicide drones and laser-guided bombs against Ukrainian soldiers. This advance is accompanied by numerous losses. But the men of the 65th Brigade did not give up and continued to fight for the defeat of Russia and the reconquest of the entire occupied country.

Support difficulties

Ukraine is defending itself against claims by its Western backers that its territorial gains are insufficient. They attribute these difficulties to lack of support and delays in the delivery of Western weapons. The promised F-16 fighter jets are to challenge Russia's air superiority and provide air support to advancing infantry. Without air support, the Ukrainian army can only move very slowly.

Future prospects

Ukraine reconquered some territory this summer, but the main defenses of Russian forces held firm. The fight will be made even more difficult by the autumn weather, with rain and mud, and the winter, with snow and ice. Despite this, Ukrainian soldiers remain motivated and ready to fight the enemy and launch attacks. They are not there to stay in the trenches, but to work and make the opponent move.

The exact figures of losses suffered by the Ukrainian and Russian forces are not communicated by the authorities. Soldiers of the 65th Brigade reported that Russia fired ten shells per attack. The cost of war is high, both in terms of the lives of the men and the burden on their families.

Despite all the difficulties and setbacks, Ukrainian soldiers have a clear motivation: they want to defeat Russia and reconquer the entire occupied country. They are aware of what they are fighting for and remain determined to continue their fight.

Q: Why is the recapture of Robotyne Village considered a strategic victory?

A: Ukraine considers the recapture of the village of Robotyne a strategic victory, because it is a significant step forward in breaking through the Russian lines on the southern front.

Q: Why does the article mention that Ukrainian forces are not in full control of the village?

A: Although Ukraine has retaken the village of Robotyne, the soldiers of the 65th Brigade admit that they do not completely control the village.

Q: Why did Ukrainian forces advance slowly and suffer heavy losses?

A: Ukrainian forces struggled to advance and suffered heavy losses because the Russian army was entrenched behind heavily fortified positions and Ukrainian forces lacked manpower, ammunition and drones.

Q: Why is Robotyne Village not considered strategically important?

A: Although Ukraine has recaptured the village of Robotyne, some Ukrainian soldiers consider it not strategic. Ukraine could have bypassed the village, and control of the village has no direct influence on its goals of reaching the Sea of ​​Azov and severing the land bridge between the Russian-occupied territories.

Q: Why are the Russian defenses called the “Surovikin Line”?

A: The Russian defenses were named in honor of General Sergei Surovikin, who commanded the Russian armed forces in Ukraine at the time of their construction.

Q: Why does Ukraine believe its troops are facing difficulties due to a lack of support and delays in the delivery of Western weapons?

A: Ukraine believes its troops are in trouble due to lack of support and delays in the delivery of Western weapons. They believe air support from F-16 fighter jets would allow their troops to advance more quickly.

Q: Why does Ukraine refuse to recognize that its territorial gains are insufficient?

A: Ukraine refuses to acknowledge that its territorial gains are insufficient, because it believes that its troops' difficulties are due to a lack of support and delays in the delivery of Western weapons.

Q: Why is the cost of living for Ukrainian soldiers very high?

A: The cost of living for Ukrainian soldiers is very high, as they suffer heavy losses in combat and are in a dangerous situation.

Q: What is the main goal of the Ukrainian armed forces in the conflict with Russia?

A: The main goal of the Ukrainian armed forces in the conflict with Russia is the defeat of Russia and the reconquest of the occupied lands.

Q: Why are Ukrainian soldiers motivated to fight Russian forces despite difficulties and losses?

A: Ukrainian soldiers are motivated to fight Russian forces despite difficulties and losses because they believe their commitment is important to move the enemy and launch attacks.