The ISW says pro-Kremlin bloggers did not comment on the aftermath of the August 7 attacks, supporting the institute’s claim that Russian officials may have told correspondents not to comment on the attacks to avoid creating panic. .
Ukrainian forces continued counteroffensive operations in at least two sectors of the front: here in the south, in the western area of Donetsk and in the eastern Zaporizhia region, in the direction of Berdyansk; and in the west of the Zaporizhia region, in the direction of Melitopol.
Ukrainian Southern Operational Command spokeswoman Nataliya Humenyuk noted that the Ukrainian attacks on the Chonhar and Genichesk bridges specifically targeted Russian strategies and plans, and sought to hamper the ability of Russian forces to bring supplies and personnel to the forehead.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) states that Russian forces and occupation administrators continue to try to mitigate the impact of recent Ukrainian attacks on logistics nodes along major lines of communication. Russian land routes connecting occupied Crimea with the occupied Kherson region. Humenyuk also stressed that Russian forces must now direct supplies and personnel through Armiansk, directly on the border between the Kherson region and Crimea, and less than 80 km from the front.
Vladimir Saldo, the leader of the occupation in the Moscow-designated Kherson region, reported that his administration has temporarily changed logistical and vehicular crossing routes between occupied Kherson and Crimea due to damage to the Chonhar bridge, which includes the suspension of bus traffic between Simferopol, Crimea, and Genichesk, Khershon region.
The ISW adds that pro-Kremlin bloggers, strangely, did not comment on the fallout from the August 7 attacks, further supporting the institute’s earlier assessment that Russian officials might have directed correspondents not to comment on Ukrainian attacks on Russian logistics nodes in Crimea to avoid creating panic in the information space.
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