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‘Everything is ahead of us’: Ukraine breaks Russian stronghold’s first line of defence

By Emma Graham-Harrison

02 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Ukrainian forces have breached Russia’s first defensive line near Zaporizhzhia after weeks of mine clearance, according to Brig Gen Oleksandr Tarnavskiy, who is leading the southern counteroffensive. He estimates that Russia had devoted 60% of its time and resources into building the first defensive line and only 20% each into the second and third lines.

Ukrainian forces have decisively breached Russia’s first defensive line near Zaporizhzhia after weeks of painstaking mine clearance, and expect faster gains as they press the weaker second line, the general leading the southern counteroffensive has said.

Brig Gen Oleksandr Tarnavskiy estimated Russia had devoted 60% of its time and resources into building the first defensive line and only 20% each into the second and third lines because Moscow had not expected Ukrainian forces to get through.

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