The Ukrainian army claims to be able to penetrate Russia’s Dragons Teeth defense. Photo/Reuters
KYIV – Ukrainian generals say they have “broke through” Russia’s first line of defense in the south. This shows they are able to penetrate the Dragon’s Teeth defense system which is Russia’s mainstay.
Ukraine began a major counteroffensive in early June to push Russian forces back from territory they captured. They attacked at three points along a 600-plus mile front.
The area southeast of the city of Zaporizhzhia is by far the most strategically important area.
An attack towards the Sea of Azov, if successful, could cut Russian supply lines connecting the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don to Crimea.
There has not been much progress in this regard, except for the areas around the villages of Robotyne and Verbove in the Zaporizhzhia region, as seen in purple on the map above.
If Ukraine can cut off this key supply route then Russia will find it difficult to maintain its large garrison in Crimea, which it annexed in 2014.
Despite significant obstacles, there are now sightings of Ukrainian forces breaching Russian defensive structures along the southern front.
Four videos showed Ukrainian troops breaking through Russian defenses north of Verbove.
However, this shows that there was an attack, it does not mean that Ukraine has succeeded in controlling the region.