Updated on 08/09/2022 08:06
- British intelligence sees a new phase in Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
- In London, fighting is believed to focus on a front line parallel to the Dnipro River, with Russian forces concentrated in the south of the country in anticipation of a Ukrainian counterattack.
According to British information, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is entering a new phase. The British Ministry of Defense expects the heaviest fighting to shift to a nearly 350km front line that stretches southwest near Zaporizhia to Kherson and therefore runs parallel to the Dnipro River. This was announced by the ministry on Saturday morning in its regular intelligence update on the war in Ukraine.
In Zaporizhia there is a Russian-occupied Ukrainian nuclear plant, the most powerful in Europe. Kherson is linked to the Crimean Peninsula occupied by a strategically important rail route.
Russian troops are assembling in southern Ukraine
In anticipation of Ukraine’s counteroffensive or in preparation for a possible attack, Russian forces were almost certainly focusing on southern Ukraine, the British wrote. Long Russian military convoys continued to move southwest from the Donbass region of Ukraine. Military equipment was also reportedly brought into Crimea from the Russian-controlled areas of Melitopol, Berdiansk and Mariupol, as well as from mainland Russia via the Kerch Bridge. (dpa/mcf)