Ukraine has no plans to stop the counter-offensive, despite some military experts saying that the war will seriously slow down this winter, writes The New York Times.
Ukraine's next target, according to experts, is in the south may become Melitopol in the Zaporizhia region. In the east, the Armed Forces of Ukraine may continue their offensive against Svatovo in the Luhansk region. In the city area in recent weeks, Russian troops have tried to gain a foothold, including through mobilized ones.
Former US Navy soldier Charles Pfarrer believes that Ukraine is likely to concentrate its offensive in the direction of Melitopol, and in the near future. Russia has controlled the city since the beginning of the war and now there is a deep rear of its troops, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to strike in his area, writes the NYT.
Justin Bronk, a senior researcher in military sciences at the Royal United Services Institute in London, believes that offensive operations can resume only in the spring, and in the near future the parties will take an operational pause. According to the analyst, after the resumption of fighting, the Armed Forces of Ukraine may continue the offensive launched in the Kharkiv region and try to recapture Svatovo in the Lugansk region.
The NYT notes that, while planning a withdrawal from Kherson, the Russian army tried to gain a foothold on the eastern front: in Svatovo , as well as in the area of Bakhmut and the village of Pavlovka in the Donetsk region. According to the commander of the anti-tank unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Bakhmut, Lieutenant Mikheychenko, the next decisive battle could be the battle for Bakhmut. “This is a game of attrition. Maybe there will be a turning point here, because they don’t want to give in, ”he notes and adds that in the event of a successful counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Bakhmut area, only one strong grouping of the Russian army will remain – in the Zaporozhye direction.