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New tactics help Russia increase its momentum in eastern Ukraine

New tactics help Russia increase its momentum in eastern Ukraine 2

New tactics help Russia increase its momentum in eastern Ukraine

The Russian army and the separatists have stepped up attacks in recent weeks, as well as consolidating control areas in eastern Ukraine with the `slow but steady` tactic, aiming to create a pincer to tighten the opponent’s grip in the areas.

Daniel Michaels, veteran WSJ commentator, said that after failures in the early stages of the military campaign in northern Ukraine, Russia changed its strategy, focusing on less ambitious goals in the east.

Members of the armed unit of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic shelled Ukrainian military positions from the outskirts of the town of Popasnaya on June 7.

This new tactic was clearly demonstrated in the battle in Severodonetsk, one of Ukraine’s last blocking positions preventing Russian forces from completely controlling Lugansk province in the Donbass region.

At the beginning of the Severodonetsk attack campaign, Russian forces no longer used powerful tank and armored formations to open the way as before.

Now, the Russian army is not in a hurry to advance, but rather sets up artillery positions at a distance, continuously shelling targets suspected of being defended by Ukrainian forces.

When the artillery changed lanes, the Russian infantry, tanks and armored vehicles cautiously advanced and opened fire to probe.

In the context that Ukrainian forces are inferior to Russia in artillery firepower, this tactic is said to be clearly effective.

Western experts assess that the artillery tactic to open the fighting in Severodonetsk is a traditional approach and closer to Russia’s military doctrine than the way they deployed combat in the early stages of the campaign in Ukraine.

This is considered an improvement from the `first artillery, second attack` method that Russia has long applied.

New tactics help Russia increase its momentum in eastern Ukraine

Military developments in Ukraine after more than 100 days of fighting.

Gordon Davis, a US major general who served as assistant to the NATO secretary general, assessed that Russia `is relying on its wide-area artillery capabilities to control as many areas as possible` before their firepower advantage disappears if

Western experts believe that the fighting in Donbass is a test of the combat capabilities of both Russia and Ukraine.

If Ukraine succeeds in deterring Russian forces, Kiev could convince some Western leaders that they can prevail against larger enemy forces, while also giving them leverage in negotiations with Moscow.

New tactics help Russia increase its momentum in eastern Ukraine

Russia released a video of super artillery attacking the Ukrainian battlefield

Russia’s 2S7M heavy self-propelled artillery attacks Ukraine’s artillery position in a video released on May 4, Video: Russian Defense Ministry.

For the Ukrainian army, preventing Russia’s advance, if possible, is considered much easier than forcing them to withdraw from controlled areas.

Complexes such as the M777 towed howitzer and the M109 self-propelled howitzer are considered much more accurate than Russian weapons, and are even praised for having higher mobility and being `independent of supply lines.`

However, training Ukrainian soldiers to use modern Western equipment has become a major obstacle and is becoming more and more serious.

Meanwhile, the Russian army continued to heavily shell Ukrainian defense positions in Severodonetsk.

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