The Russian Army is preparing defensive positions on their side of Kherson Oblast

| November 30, 2022

Although the Ukrainian army pushed the Russian army out of Kherson Oblast on one side of the Dnipro, the Russians still maintain control on the other side. The Institute for The Study of War has made an assessment of the actions of the Russian army on their side of the river.

Based on where the Russians are building defensive positions, the Institute believes that the Russians have made the assumption that the Ukrainian army could cross the Dnipro to their side. The Russians are building defensive lines to slow down potential Ukrainian advances and to protect their ground lines of communication.

From the Institute for the Study of War:

The Russian military clearly assesses that Ukrainian forces could cross the Dnipro River and conduct counter-offensive operations in eastern Kherson Oblast, possibly threatening all of the critical ground lines of communications (GLOCs) from Crimea to the mainland. Russian forces have been digging trench lines and concentration areas in eastern Kherson since early October 2022 in obvious preparation for the withdrawal from the west bank of the Dnipro River and Kherson City.[1] Russian troops are preparing either to defend in depth or to conduct operational or strategic delay operations. Russian forces clearly do not expect to be able to prevent Ukrainian forces from getting across the river, nor are the Russians prioritizing defensive positions to stop such a crossing. The Russian military is setting conditions for a protracted defense in eastern Kherson Oblast that could allow the establishment of a solid Ukrainian lodgment on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River. The assessment that follows examines the Russian defensive laydown and evaluates the expectations for the flow of operations likely guiding that laydown exclusively. This assessment makes no effort to determine whether Ukrainian forces intend to cross or are capable of crossing the Dnipro River in this region and offers no forecast about whether or not they will make any such attempt.

Russian forces are fortifying their positions along critical GLOCs in eastern Kherson Oblast against a possible future Ukrainian counteroffensive. Satellite imagery shows that Russian forces have prioritized digging trenches and erecting dragon’s teeth anti-tank defenses along GLOCs that connect Russian forces on the eastern (left) bank of the Dnipro River with southeastern rear areas in Kherson Oblast and Crimea as well as with eastern rear areas around Melitopol, Zaporizhia Oblast. Most of these field fortifications are situated directly on the GLOCs themselves and are primarily oriented perpendicular to the roads themselves. They are thus most like elaborate roadblocks rather than parts of cohesive defensive lines that stretch across multiple GLOCs and fields. Russian forces have also heavily fortified a 3km-wide strip of land separating the Kinburn Spit from mainland Kherson Oblast and along the beaches immediately south and east of the strip.

The Institute for the Study of War has additional details and images.

Category: International Affairs, Russia, Ukraine

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Herbert J Messkit

Have the Ukrainians thought of air dropping lots of vodka into the Russian side

jeff LPH 3 63-66

I don’t think the Ukranians are russian to do it.

USMC Steve

Given the Russian forces’ performance so far, they will screw this up too.

5JC

The Ukrainians will probably just leave them there and do other things,

rgr1480

You’ve seen the Ruᛋᛋki’s so-called “dragon teeth” defenses, right? The “Toblerone” defense. About 2ft. tall and not anchored.

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rgr1480

Aerial view. I’ve seen a YouTub3 video of UKA Infantry Fighting Vehicle rolling over some that were placed on the side of a road.

https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/yurq2h/a_ukrainian_ifv_simply_drives_through_some/

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KoB

Maybe Ivan thought if he went ahead and dug some trenches it would save him some time burying his dead? Good luck with that…and your un-anchored dragons teeth. In the battle between fortification and warhead, now-a-days, fortification loses every.damn.time.