Slavyansk and Kramatorsk are two strategic outposts, located in the defense triangle Sieverodonetsk – Slavyansk – Kramatorsk in Donbass; If Russia controls these two cities, Kiev will be in danger.

The Russian army is firmly taking the initiative on the battlefield, and if it captures two more strategic cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in Donbass, Ukraine will be in danger.

In the early stages of the conflict, the Russian Army did not carry out the plan well. Due to the underestimation of the will to resist and the combat effectiveness of the Ukrainian Army, a large number of armored units suffered very heavy losses when they penetrated deep into Ukrainian territory.

Many mobile anti-tank squads of the Ukrainian Army, using only simple weapons, Javelin anti-tank missiles, blew up a large number of Russian tanks and armored vehicles; causing “death roads”.

But after the war entered the second phase, the Russian Army changed tactics. They increased firepower and limited the use of infantry, when the resistance of the Ukrainian defense forces could still be dangerous. Russian forces won the best with the lowest loss of personnel.

This approach by the Russian Army has proven to be very effective, and from Mariupol to Sieverodonetsk to Lisichansk, the Ukrainian Army has less and less time to hold onto the city.

According to the latest information from the Russian media, the Russian Army after capturing Sieverodonetsk, a strategic city in Luhansk province; immediately surrounded and captured the neighboring city of Lisichansk, within seven days.

Sieverodonetsk and Lisichansk are the last major cities in the Luhansk region controlled by the Ukrainian Army, and the entire Luhansk region has come under the control of the Russian Army and pro-Russian militias. This was also confirmed by the President of Ukraine Zelensky.

So in the following days, the battle between the two sides will be the Seversk area, but this is only a small city with a total population of more than 10,000 people; According to predictions, the Ukrainian army here will collapse faster.

After Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported the results of the battle to Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Putin replied that the troops of the central and southern units of the Russian Army, as well as other soldiers, were fighting in Luhansk, should “rest”.

However, the eastern and western units of the Russian Army continued to carry out the battle plan. In the past, many people believed that Russia could only exert its greatest power through “blitzkrieg”, once the conflict dragged on into a prolonged war and a war of attrition, it will be powerless.

But reality has proven that, the Russian Army is still very strong in terms of support and mobilization capabilities. For example, the Russian troops who had withdrawn from the front lines were resting in the rear; but Ukraine must mobilize reserve units to the front.

So what will the next attack plan of the Russian Army look like? First of all, experts point out that, for the Ukrainian Army, what is most lacking for them right now is not weapons but people.

Western countries have given Ukraine a large amount of weapons and equipment since the outbreak of the conflict. But large numbers of elite soldiers, which Ukraine has trained for the past eight years, are now suffering heavy casualties in the Donbass.

At the same time, Kiev is promoting the direct training of new soldiers on the battlefield with NATO weapons and training standards. Therefore, if the Russian Army wants to achieve its operational goals, it must “accelerate” before these new Ukrainian combat troops fill the battlefield.

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the troops participating in the attack on the Luhansk region to rest, the rest is expected not to be too long. A small number of Russian troops conducted operations to pursue the Ukrainian Army, and the deepest thrust even reached a position about 7 to 10 km north of Slavyansk.

The victory of the Russian Army in the direction of Sieverodonetsk ensures that they can take the initiative on the battlefield firmly for at least the next few months. However, as Ukraine’s potential is gradually dwindling, and the lost areas are heavy industrial zones and fertile black soil, the war resources available to them are less and less.

Next the Ukrainian army will lose cities faster and faster. As long as the Russian Army captures two strategic cities, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, it basically means that the war in the Donbas region is completely over. Next, they will likely attack more Odessa and Kharkov and other places.


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