Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, Commander of the Tavria Operational and Strategic Group of Troops, said the other day that the Armed Forces of Ukraine broke through the enemy's defenses near Verbovo, Zaporizhzhia Oblast. The settlement is of a tactical nature – now Ukrainian defenders can engage in the destruction of enemy resources, as well as the logistics of their supply as reinforcements.
Vladyslav Seleznyov, a military expert and former head of the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told RBC-Ukraine about this.
According to him, the success of the Ukrainian defenders and the advance in the area of Verbovo is tactical in nature, and is unlikely to radically change the situation.
"That is, our army systematically destroys their artillery, armored vehicles and personnel. What will happen next? I am sure that until we tear apart the units that replaced those who held the line on the "Surovikin Line", it is unlikely that there will be an opportunity to actively move forward. I think in the near future we will focus on destroying their combat potential," the expert said.
At the same time, Oleksandr Kovalenko, a military and political observer for the Information Resistance group, says that it is too early to talk about the imminent culmination of the counteroffensive in the south.
He notes that in addition to Verbovo and Novoprokopivka, there are successes in the direction of the villages of Novofedorivka and Kopani, and each of them brings the breakthrough of the second line of defense of the Russian Federation closer.
"The main goal is to reach Tokmak along the T0408 highway, of course, liberating Novoprokopivka, Ilchenkove and Solodka Balka on the way. Control over the logistics artery 0408 will allow you to reach the northern gate to Tokmak. Then there may be different options from encirclement to de-occupation of the city. It is better for us that the Russians retreat, because the encirclement will require large forces and will take longer," the expert says.
Recall that the commander of the operational-strategic group of troops "Tavria" Oleksandr Tarnavsky intrigued with "good news" from the southern front.