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Quarter of All russian Forces in Ukraine are Concentrated on a Single Operational Axis

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Quarter of All russian Forces in Ukraine are Concentrated on a Single Operational Axis

russia has deployed over 400,000 troops on Ukrainian territory, it is enough to carry out operations

Around 100,000 military personnel are concentrated on the Lyman–Kupiansk operational direction, according to Ukrainian Land Forces spokesperson Volodymyr Fito, as he spoke to journalists during an interview at the United News telethon.

The military official said there has been no strategic success achieved by russian invasion forces on this axis of the front. The russians commenced active assaults along the Lyman–Kupiansk segment a few days after the beginning of the offensive operation in the Avdiivka direction. The objective is to recapture the city of Kupiansk, an important logistical hub.

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Situation on the Lyman-Kupiansk front as of 26.10 late evening, according to DeepStateUA
Situation on the Lyman-Kupiansk front as of 26.10 late evening, according to DeepStateUA / Map credit: DeepStateUA

Over the past 24 hours, the russians shelled Ukrainian positions 613 times, launched 9 airstrikes and engaged in close combat a total of 17 times in this direction alone. At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Forces destroyed 194 invaders in the Lyman-Kupiansk direction. Despite that, the russians keep replenishing the losses from reserves.

russian casualties as of 27.10.23 A great share of losses are inflicted in the directions of russian offensive: near Avdiivka and Lyman-Kupiansk segment; Infographics by Defense Express
A great share of losses are inflicted in the directions of russian offensive: near Avdiivka and Lyman-Kupiansk segment / Infographics by Defense Express

Essentially, a quarter of all the manpower the russian federation keeps deployed in Ukraine has been concentrated in this particular direction. Earlier this week, Andrii Yusov, a representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, stated that the overall number of russian troops in Ukraine exceeds 400,000 military personnel.

This many is enough to execute individual operations, Yusov noted, and generally "quite a lot," and russians are working to provide this force with a sufficient amount of equipment, including by the means of taking weapons from long-term storage bases.

There could be around 9,000 more vehicles left in storage in russia, OSINT analysis shows
There could be around 9,000 more vehicles left in storage in russia, OSINT analysis shows / Illustrative photo credit: Rob Lee on X

As for the situation in the Avdiivka direction, where the russian offensive intensified on October 10, the invaders are not stopping the attempts to advance, notwithstanding the numerous losses in both manpower and equipment.

Meanwhile, the city itself is under shelling all day long. Head of the Avdiivka city military administration Vitalii Barabash previously warned that if this intense barrage continues, the entire town will be completely ruined.

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