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Ukrainian forces likely well prepared to fight through winter, says US Defense Secretary

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta on November 21, 2022.

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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Ukraine was in a good position to continue fighting invading Russian forces through the winter.

“As we move into the winter, we have done a lot to try to prepare the Ukrainians to prepare for a fight in the winter, and allow them to continue to keep the pressure on our opponents throughout the winter months” , did he declare. a press conference as he prepared to meet his Indonesian counterpart, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, on Monday.

“I think they will be in much better condition than their opponents, thanks to the things we provide. And again our aim is to support them throughout. Their aim is to make sure they do everything to take back every edge of their sovereign territory,” he said.

He added that it’s “difficult to predict how things will develop” or what kind of timeline there might be for the end of the war, however.

Austin said Ukraine leveraged military assistance from its allies in the war, noting “we’ve seen Ukraine use that assistance very shrewdly and they’ve been very successful on the battlefield.. .they took Kharkiv, and they also recently took over the name of the important city of Kherson, and so we saw a number of battlefield successes.

Lugansk area looks vulnerable to Russian forces, UK says

The Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine has been at the center of intense fighting for weeks, if not months, but the UK Ministry of Defense said it believed a key area of ​​vulnerability for Russian forces was Svatove, an administrative center of the neighboring Lugansk region.

“With Russia’s southwestern front line now more easily defensible along the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, the Svatove sector is likely now a more vulnerable operational flank of the Russian force,” the ministry said on Monday. Twitter.

An aerial view of the town of Svatove in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine. The British Ministry of Defense said Ukrainian formations can now approach the town to strike Russian supplies.

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“As a significant population center in Luhansk Oblast [province]Russian leaders will most likely see maintaining control of Svatove as a political priority.”

“However, commanders are likely grappling with the military realities of maintaining a credible defence, while also trying to fund offensive operations further south in Donetsk,” he added. “As on other parts of the front, Russian forces continue to prioritize the construction of defensive positions, almost certainly partially occupied by poorly trained mobilized reservists.”

The ministry noted that Russia’s defensive and offensive capability continues to be hampered by these severe shortages of trained personnel and ammunition.

The ministry said last week “intense artillery exchanges” continued in the Svatove region of Lugansk.

—Holly Ellyatt

Russian bombardment of Ukraine intensifies as winter approaches

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said fierce battles were still ongoing, with the most intense taking place in the Donetsk region, but ground attacks had diminished as winter set in.

“The fiercest battles, as before, are taking place in the Donetsk region. Although there are fewer attacks today due to deteriorating weather, the number of Russian bombing opportunities unfortunately remains extremely high,” Zelenskyy said in his late-night speech on Sunday.

In Luhansk, the region neighboring Donetsk, Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces were advancing “little by little”, but added that there had been nearly 400 bombardments in the eastern region on Sunday alone. The president said forces in the southern part of Ukraine were “holding the line”, although the situation around vacated Kherson remained tense, with the Russians bombarding the town last night.

Black smoke rises from an oil reserve in Kherson on November 20, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s damaged energy networks remain a huge problem for the government, with Zelenskyy noting that “the restoration of networks and technical supply capacities, the demining of power transmission lines, repairs – everything happens 24 hours over 24”.

He said energy workers had managed to ease the situation in some areas “where there were a lot of real problems yesterday”. Nevertheless, “stabilization shutdowns” (scheduled energy cuts) have taken place in 15 regions and in Kyiv.

—Holly Ellyatt

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