British intelligence: The occupiers are faced with a dilemma associated with the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The Russian occupying forces cannot determine where the Armed Forces of Ukraine will strike the main blow during the likely spring offensive. This is stated in the intelligence report of the British Ministry of Defense.
Intelligence, citing images from open sources, notes that as of February 7, the Russian Federation has further strengthened the defensive fortifications in the central part of the Zaporozhye region, in particular near the city of Tarasovka . However, as of January 8, Russia had established defensive fortifications between the towns of Vasilyevka and Orekhov in the Zaporozhye region.
«Despite the fact that Russia has concentrated its operational efforts on the central part of Donbass, it remains concerned about protecting the outermost sections of its extended front line,” the review says.
The British Defense Office draws attention to the fact that the front in Ukraine is approximately 1,288 km, of which the front line in the Russian-occupied Zaporozhye region is 192 km.
Intelligence believes that a significant breakthrough of Ukrainian troops in the Zaporozhye direction would cast doubt on the viability of the Russian «land bridge», connecting the Rostov region and Crimea, while Ukraine's success in Lugansk would further undermine Russia's proclaimed military goal of «liberation» Donbass.
«The decision as to which of these threats to prioritize in countering is probably one of the major dilemmas for Russian operational planners», the brief reads.< /p>