Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Pushes Forward, Wearing Down Russia’s Troops
As Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the southeast continues its advance toward Bakhmut, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reports that Russia’s troops are likely growing “weary” after a series of successes for Kyiv. Over the past week, Ukraine has made significant gains near Bakhmut, reclaiming the villages of Klishchiivka and Andriivka to the south of the city. Kyiv initiated its counteroffensive more than three months ago to recapture Russian-occupied territory, and although the campaign is progressing slower than anticipated, signs are emerging that Ukraine is starting to wear Russia down along the front lines.
Signs of Weariness
The latest assessment by the ISW highlights the battle for Klishchiivka and Andriivka as potential factors behind Russia’s “battle-weary” state in the area. The capture of these two settlements by Ukraine, which were fiercely defended by Russian forces, suggests that these troops may struggle to replenish their combat strength and defend against further Ukrainian offensive activity south of Bakhmut. According to the ISW, this Ukrainian advancement could correspond with a severe degradation of the Russian units defending the villages.