Ukrainian troops may benefit from a pointy dip within the Dnieper River’s water ranges to cross the present entrance line at Zaporizhzhia and “start action anywhere” on this southern line of preventing, an official within the Russian-backed administration of the Ukrainian area has stated.
Russia wants “to be prepared” for Kyiv’s forces to advance if the floor of the river freezes, because it has executed prior to now and will seemingly do once more within the coming days, Vladimir Rogov, the pinnacle of the pro-Moscow We Stand With Russia motion, stated on Monday, in accordance Kremlin-controlled information company Tass.
Rogov instructed russian state TV that Kyiv’s forces had engineered the drop in water ranges by means of the closing of hydraulic locks at varied factors alongside the Dnieper River.
He pinpointed the Dnipro Hydroelectric Station in Zaporizhzhia, the Middle Hydroelectric Station to the north of Zaporizhzhia and the Kremenchuk Hydroelectric Power Plant, between the central cities of Dnipro and Cherkasy.
The Zaporizhzhia entrance line has lengthy been the goal of intensive shelling, notably elevating alarm bells when explosions have been reported on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, to the south of the town.
Russia occupies the ability plant and the southern a part of the Zaporizhzhia area whereas Ukrainian forces control the city of the same name and the northern space of the area.
The Dnieper River, which might be as huge as 10 miles, constitutes a pure impediment between the 2 nations’ forces. It follows key battleground cities within the south and east of Ukraine, from the Black Sea metropolis of Kherson up by means of Zaporizhzhia, and in the end to Kyiv.
Roman Kostenko, a veteran of the yearslong combat in opposition to Russian-directed forces within the Donbas and now a member of Ukraine’s parliament, beforehand instructed Newsweek that it was “very hard to cross in any weather,” including in December 2022 that he “highly” doubted Ukraine would look to press instantly east throughout the Dnieper River round Kherson, which Ukrainian forces reclaimed within the fall of 2022.
But the Zaporizhzhia area could possibly be a extra promising prospect, he continued, and later a platform for pushing southwards down the Dnieper to Kherson.
Manipulating the water ranges of the Dnieper River isn’t an concept unfamiliar to either side. Major General Andriy Kovalchuk, who was tasked with main the Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson within the fall, confirmed to The Washington Post that he contemplated flooding the river as Kyiv’s forces retook the important thing Black Sea metropolis.
In November 2022, Ukrainian troops reclaimed the town of Kherson and pushed again Russian forces to the east financial institution of the Dnieper River. But Moscow’s retreat to the opposing financial institution supplied the Kremlin’s troops with a pure defensive barrier within the Dnieper.
Mike Martin, of the War Studies Department at King’s College London, recommended on Twitter following the Russian retreat to the east financial institution that an assault from the Zaporizhzhia area can be a wiser transfer from the Ukrainian forces.
Newsweek has contacted the Russian and Ukrainian protection ministries for remark.