This was stated by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
“Russian troops have held positions in the Balakleya and Bolshaya Kamyshevakhi areas for several months and can use these two areas as a springboard for an offensive operation. The Russians can use their positions in the Balakliya area to re-assert the assault on Kharkov from the southeast. It is extremely unlikely that Russian forces will capture Kharkiv Oblast or Kharkiv, given the pace of Russia’s advance in Donbass and problems with force generation and logistics,” the statement said.
ISW has previously assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have ordered Russian troops to take Kharkiv and the unoccupied part of the Kharkiv region, but he is unlikely to achieve such goals. Russian forces can also carry out provocative attacks to prevent a UAF counteroffensive.
Russian troops resumed local ground attacks northwest and southwest of Izyum. In recent days, they have already made unsuccessful assaults and attempts at combat reconnaissance in the direction of Chepyl, Shchurovka and Gusarovka (north-west of Izyum) and resumed assaults in the direction of Dmitrovka and Brazhkovka (south-west of Izyum).
In addition, the Russians continued ground attacks northwest of Slavyansk, northeast of Seversk, east and south of Bakhmut. They made minor gains in the Avdiivka area and continued their ground attacks towards Avdiivka and Peski.
At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.
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