[ Editor’s Note: This will be a classic combat story from this war, Ukraine’s rivers, which can determine who wins and who loses in mechanized warfare. It appears the Russians, to avoid civilian casualties, are picking more isolated spots for crossing, which makes them stand out more for drone surveillance.
When you add in the time to put pontoons across, especially the three that seem to have been put here, bunched up and offering not only a huge bridge target, but the gathering of armor staging to cross, you become a dreamed of target by your opposition.
The Ukies seem to have had time to bring in long range artillery staged in various positions, not massed so as to offer a rich target themselves, and harder for the Donbass Republic forces to locate and then eliminate.
I continue to be surprised how armored groups continue to bunch up like this, a dream come true for the opposing side. With these pontoon bridges being so easy to take out, that greatly increases the risk that a large force that got across could then not be resupplied or get needed reinforcements, with bridges destroyed behind them.
This is the kind of thing that happens when armies have not been in active large scale combat situations for a long time. This is why military commanders in the West love to jump into ‘small wars’ with little chance of reputations being harmed, so the troops and officers can get some live fire training. It makes all the difference when a bigger war comes.
The photos below are about as big a disaster as I can imagine. If it is a counter battery inability or failure, in that the ones they had were being used somewhere else, what was learned here is that such crossings should never be attempted without recon assurances that enemy artillery cannot quickly bring them under bombardment.
This incident will be used in Russian officer school training for many years… Jim W. Dean ]
First revealed Could 13, 2022
The Russian-led forces are aimed toward surrounding the Ukrainian grouping deployed within the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk area within the Luhansk Folks’s Republic. Regardless of the current successes on a number of front-lines within the area, the Russian and LPR navy are caught within the city of Bilohorivka positioned to the west of Severodonetsk.
The joint forces proceed unsuccessful makes an attempt to cross the river of Seversky Donets and achieve a foothold on the left financial institution. In response to Ukrainian navy sources, 5 makes an attempt of Russian forces to cross the river have been thwarted.
The Russian-led forces tried to ascertain not less than three pontoon crossings from 7 to 11 Could, which have been destroyed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
On account of the shelling, the Russian-led models suffered heavy losses. In response to the drone footage from the spot, 73 models of Russian gear have been destroyed, together with:
- 38 infantry preventing autos;
- 4 armored personnel carriers;
- 6 T-72 tanks;
- 3 vans ;
- 4 MT-LB (absolutely amphibious auxiliary armored tracked autos);
- 2 boats;
- 5 machines for the development of pontoon crossings;
- 1 armoured restoration autos;
- 9 different armoured preventing autos.
In the meantime, LPR forces with assist of Russian models together with the Particular Pressure reportedly launched an assault on town of Severodonetsk. The Allied forces are advancing from three instructions from the north. Clashes broke out on the outskirts.
Throughout the retreat of the AFU, the bridge between Rubezhny and Severodonetsk was blown up. On the identical time, the roads resulting in Lisichansk are virtually underneath the Russian fireplace management. Fierce battles are happening in Belogorovka and Shepilovo.
LPR forces are storming Privolye. The offensive from Popasnaya continues within the route of Kamyshevakha. There are battles for management over the villages of Orekhovo and Toshkovo.