Ukraine update: Ukrainian defense braces for possible ‘major’ Russian offensive near Izyum

Ukraine update: Ukrainian defense braces for possible ‘major’ Russian offensive near Izyum

As Russia continues to mass troops in Ukraine’s east, U.S. military leaders are warning that they expect Russia to launch a “major” offensive from the captured city of Izyum in coming days. What we don’t know, however, is what such an offensive will truly look like.

On one hand, Russia is massing “hundreds” of vehicles in new convoys headed towards Izyum in preparation for such an offensive. On the other hand, many of the forces headed to Russia’s new front are the battered remnants of previous Russian offensives, likely to now be significantly less effective in combat than they once were, traveling down supply lines just as long and tenuous as the ones Russia was forced to abandon north of Kyiv, bogged down by the same command incompetence as before.

Russia continues to use raw numbers to force their way into territory that they may or may not be able to keep, and it’s anybody’s guess as to whether the gamble will pay off. Some of this weekend’s news:

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