The Armed Forces of Ukraine have prospects to move from tactical actions in the area of Bakhmut, Robotino, and Tokmak to strategic offensive operations and the creation of conditions for flank strikes.
This was stated on the air of the FREEDOM TV channel by General, former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Mykola Malomuzh.
Semi-encirclement of Bakhmut
"The semi-encirclement of Bakhmut is one of the prerequisites, as well as the cutting of three logistics chains, one of which we are already blocking with mortar fire, artillery, and we can even hit from tanks. Therefore, at the moment, 3 km for any artillery equipment or even self-propelled guns is not a distance if they hit at 5, 20 and 30 km. Therefore, all approaches will be under fire, this is the first component," the general said.
Klishchiivka and Andriivka area
"The area of Klishchiivka and Andriivka is the second component. The Armed Forces of Ukraine will be able not only to completely encircle the city, but also to occupy the dominant heights. And from these heights, with the latest artillery and missile weapons, the Armed Forces of Ukraine can hit all over Bakhmut — 15-18 km, and they hit at 40 km," he says.
"Denser encirclement, cutting off all logistics routes practically create conditions for complete encirclement and destruction of the group," Malomuzh said.
The beginning of the fall of Putin's regime: the occupiers will be forced to flee
"The Russian occupiers will be forced to flee, they would have left long ago if it were not for Putin's direct instructions. Putin was proud that the city had been captured, he shouted that our counteroffensive had failed. By liberating Bakhmut, we will show that Putin has completely lost, this is already the beginning of the fall of Putin's regime," the general said.
Strategic offensive operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
"And the south is a really serious direction, where we can cut off the logistics route near Tokmak — this is 75% of the supply that goes to the Zaporizhzhia group and the Kherson group, only 25% goes through Crimea," Malomuzh said.
"Currently, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are also blocking other directions, moving further to the sea and creating the prerequisites for flank strikes throughout the sector of the Zaporizhzhia grouping and planning an operation from the other side — from the Kherson direction," he added.
"If the occupiers are semi-encircled without forces and means, and the Tokmak direction ensures isolation, this will be a prerequisite for their destruction or a powerful retreat. There is nowhere to go. These two points are the beginning of our strategic offensive operations and the end of Putin's regime," the general summed up.
Recall that in the Bakhmut direction, the occupying army of the Russian Federation has shifted the logistical load and is more intensively using the Popasna-Bakhmut and Soledar-Bakhmut routes.