British Ministry of Defense: Russia is moving units to heavily contested Zaporizhzhya

Russia has most likely moved units of airborne troops from the Kherson region to the area around the heavily contested Zaporizhzhya oblast.

This was reported by the British Ministry of Defense in its latest update. The 58th Combined Arms Army (58 CAA) has been in combat against Ukrainian attacks since June 4, 2023. Already in early July, the commander of the 58th CAA was dismissed, in part because he insisted that parts of his force must be relieved. According to some reports, the 70th and 71st Motorized Rifle Regiments in particular faced particularly severe attrition and heavy fighting at the front. Now, however, there is a realistic chance that, with the arrival of the airborne troops, units of these regiments may finally be withdrawn for rest. However, the redeployment could lead to a weakening of Russian defenses near the Dnipro River, where they are increasingly exposed to Ukrainian attacks.

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Russia reportedly attacked the heavily contested Zaporizhzhya oblast with Shahed drones last night. This was reported by the Ukrainian Air Force, which also stated that they had shot down three of the five drones. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russia has used at least 1961 shahed drones against Ukraine since the beginning of the war. For Zelenskyy, therefore, the increase in the size of the air defense system is set as one of the priorities in the fight against Russia.

Image:, Vladimir Putin in Ryazan Oblast (2022-10-20) 06, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified).

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