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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 May 2022 7:23 p.m. PST

…A significant Ukrainian counteroffensive pushed Russian forces roughly 40 km east of Kharkiv City.[3] A senior American defense official reported the Ukrainian operation, which is consistent with social media reports from both Ukrainian and Russian sources that Ukrainian troops took control of Staryi Saltiv on May 2.[4] This Ukrainian counteroffensive is very unlikely to affect Russian ground lines of communication (GLOCs) to Izyum, as the Russians have not been relying on GLOCs from Kharkiv to support their operations in Izyum but have been using routes further to the east and well beyond the most recent Ukrainian counteroffensive's limit of advance. The Ukrainian counteroffensive may, however, unhinge the Russian positions northeast of Kharkiv and could set conditions for a broader operation to drive the Russians from most of their positions around the city. This possibility may pose a dilemma for the Russians—whether to reinforce their positions near Kharkiv to prevent such a broader Ukrainian operation or to risk losing most or all of their positions in artillery range of the city…

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Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2022 8:17 p.m. PST

Kharkiv has been on the front lines from the very start of the war. Yet, I have heard not about what is happening there. Was the city ever surrounded? Was there fighting in the city itself? How much damage has it taken?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 May 2022 8:53 p.m. PST

Russians got into the city center early (scouts?) but were hunted down.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2022 11:22 p.m. PST

Kharkiv under full Ukrainian control, regional governor says


UPDATED. Ukrainian Army's Victories



Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 May 2022 10:32 a.m. PST

Damaged city, from The Guardian: link

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa05 May 2022 11:04 a.m. PST

You'd kind of think that the Russian army might have revised the use of, seemingly unsupported, fast light armoured units to penetrate urban areas.

Thresher0107 May 2022 4:54 p.m. PST

I heard on the news today that the Russians are resorting to blowing bridges in Ukraine in order to slow down their enemy's counter-offensive.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 May 2022 9:50 p.m. PST

Russian occupiers have blown up 3 road bridges near the towns of Tsyrkuny and Ruski Tyshky, Kharkiv Region, in order to hinder the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Pravda: link

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa08 May 2022 5:02 a.m. PST

I think it was UK MoD intelligence press release that today suggested that Ukraine may be able to push Russian forces out of artillery range of the city.

Legion 408 May 2022 9:04 a.m. PST

Still a lot we don't know … But from the beginning the Russians had numbers and the Ukrainian military had skill, motivation, etc.

Obviously, the battle is still ongoing …

soledad08 May 2022 10:01 a.m. PST

Russia did not even have the numbers to begin with. Not even close to 3:1 which is considered necessary for an attack. They had local superiority at a few places but that was not enough. There was not enough follow on troops.

Apart from that Russia had nothing. Everything else was crap, officers, soldiers, morale, logistics, tactics, doctrine.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2022 3:26 p.m. PST



Legion 408 May 2022 5:39 p.m. PST

They had local superiority at a few places
They thought the Ukraine would be a waltz like the Crimea in 2014. But overall, the Russians forces out numbered Ukraine's. But not 3-1. However, since they didn't know how to use their "combat multipliers", etc., etc. Well we see how that is turning out …

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