Russia began to regroup its forces. This may mean that even more intense offensives by the occupiers may begin in Ukraine in the coming weeks.
This was stated by the commander of the Estonian Military Intelligence Center, Ants Kiviselg, ERR reports.
"The situation in Ukraine is becoming more tense. The overall intensity of the fighting has increased again by about a quarter compared to the previous week. Russia is trying to regain the initiative on all front lines, but, despite this, there have been no major changes on the front line," Kiviselg said.
The colonel noted that the main focus of the Russian offensive is still aimed at the Avdiivka area, where the most intense fighting took place.
In addition, according to the head of Estonian intelligence, Russia has changed its offensive tactics - from direct infantry attacks to long-range strikes, which has significantly complicated the regrouping of Ukrainian units, as well as the creation and improvement of defensive positions.
The Russian Federation may be preparing for new offensives
"Increased use of fire from closed positions can be seen in other areas of the front. Russia is also exerting pressure in the Bakhmut and Maryinka directions. On the northern side of Bakhmut and the southern direction of Maryinka, the Russian Federation has also made minor gains," Kiviselg said.
The head of Estonia's military intelligence also noted that Russia has begun regrouping its armed forces, which could mean that more intensive offensives may begin in Ukraine in the coming weeks.
Significant losses in the ranks of the occupiers
Kiviselg added that in the fierce battles that lasted throughout this week, Russian units, according to various estimates, lost about 10 thousand wounded and killed, which is quite a significant figure.
Ukraine's defenses are still unbroken
Speaking about the situation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Kiviselg said that the defense of Ukraine has not yet been penetrated.
"The Armed Forces of Ukraine still hold two bridgeheads on the Dnipro River, both in the settlements of Kryntsi and in the floodplain. This, in turn, forced Russia to transfer additional troops in this direction," he said.
In his opinion, the low or insufficient cohesion of the Russian forces caused them a large number of losses in new areas of hostilities. This means that units with which they have not trained together do not know the area of hostilities, end up in minefields and suffer losses as a result.
It will be recalled that during one air attack, the Russians are capable of launching a maximum of 100-120 missiles.