Russia’s war against Ukraine will soon enter a new phase.
According to Ukrinform, this is stated in daily British intelligence report.
“Russia’s war against Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting shifting to an approximately 350 km front line that stretches southwest of Zaporozhye to Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper River,” the report says.
It is also noted that Russian troops are concentrating in the south in anticipation of a Ukrainian counteroffensive or preparing for a possible assault.
It is indicated that long columns of Russian military trucks, tanks, towed artillery and other weapons continue to move “in the direction of the Ukrainian Donbass and head southwest.” Equipment is also being moved from Russian-occupied Melitopol, Berdyansk, Mariupol and mainland Russia across the Kerch bridge to Crimea.
Battalion tactical groups (BTGs) of 800 to 1,000 troops have been deployed in Crimea and will almost certainly be used to support Russian forces in the Kherson region, the report says.
It is also noted that on August 2, a new BTG was transferred to Crimea, and BTGs from the Eastern Group of Forces were also redeployed.
“Probably, in the coming days they will be sent to the Kherson region,” the document says.
As Ukrinform reported, Russian troops in eastern Ukraine are trying to storm the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, while in the south they are preparing for defensive actions.