A few days ago, the Ukrainian armed forces tried to counterattack the Russian forces near Bakhmut (Artemovsk), but these efforts ended in failure. Now the details of what happened are known, and the reasons for the defeat of the Ukrainian troops have been clarified.
On February 25, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched offensive operations against the positions of Russian forces in the northern sector of the front with fire support from the 43rd Artillery Brigade, but, having suffered losses, were forced to retreat to their original lines. . Then the enemy lost more than 70 soldiers killed and wounded, as well as several armored vehicles.
On the same day, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine decided to strengthen its grouping in this direction, pushing the armored group to strengthen. In the fortified area west of Bakhmut, marked by a triangle of the settlements of Khromovo, Bogdanovka and Kalinovka, the Ukrainian command accumulated reserves for some time. It was from there that two tank platoons (8 units of T – 64 and T – 72 of various modifications) of the 4th and 17th tank brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were sent.
However, the advance of the consolidated detachment was detected in time by Russian drones on the section of the Chasov Yar-Khromovo-Bakhmut highway. Thanks to established observation, the Russian gunners after some time covered the armored group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with their fire. As a result, the enemy lost 4 tanks and could not significantly strengthen their grouping.
A day before the attempted counterattack in the northern sector of the front, the Ukrainian armed forces launched offensive operations in the southern direction, but they also failed. In the battles near Ivanovka (Krasnoe), the Ukrainian armed forces lost 3 tanks of the 24th and 63rd mechanized brigades and 20 servicemen of the 5th assault brigade. The enemy advance was detected in time by drones and covered by artillery fire.
Thus, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine failed to expand the flanks, and Bakhmut remained in a dense semicircle, which later narrowed even further. The main reason for the failure of the Ukrainian troops can be called the insufficient number of armored vehicles, in particular tanks, as well as the well-coordinated actions of the drones and gunners of the Russian forces.
Photos used: Ukrainian Armed Forces
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