Analysts have suggested that Russia will also bring in additional forces from those mobilized in the coming weeks
Russian troops are trying to strengthen their positions in the occupied territories after retreating from Kherson.
As analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported, Russian troops are beginning to strengthen their positions in the occupied Luhansk, Donetsk, and eastern parts of Zaporizhzhia Oblasts at the expense of personnel withdrawn from Kherson Oblast and mobilized military personnel.
Experts with reference to the General Staff of Ukraine report on the increase in the number of Russian servicemen in Luhansk and note that Russian troops are stationed in abandoned houses in Krasnoy and Simeykyny about 30 km southeast of Luhansk.
Analysts suggested that Russia would also bring in additional forces in the coming weeks, given that mobilized units of Russia’s 2nd Motorized Rifle Division of the 1st Tank Army completed training in the Brest region of Belarus.
Russian forces will likely continue to use mobilized and redeployed servicemen to resume offensive operations in Donetsk region and hold defensive positions in Luhansk region.
In addition, the ISW noted that Ukrainian troops continued counteroffensive operations on the Svatovo-Kreminna line. And the Russian occupiers continued offensive operations around Bakhmut, Avdiivka and west of Donetsk, despite reports of significant losses in the Bakhmut area.
The occupiers continued to fortify areas around land lines of communication in southern Ukraine, struggling with the partial loss of the ability to use the bridge across the Kerch Strait. In addition, the Russian authorities are working on establishing control over the information space in the occupied territories and identifying Ukrainian partisans.
In the Russian Federation, the mass media continued to actively discuss the upcoming second wave of mobilization. At the same time, as analysts have noted, the number of prisoners in the Russian Federation has decreased by approximately 6.5% since January 2022, probably due to intensive recruitment at the “Wagner” PMC.
Liberation of Kherson
On November 11, the Ukrainian military entered Kherson, which had been under occupation since the first days of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to OC “South”, from November 7 to 13, 179 settlements on the right bank of the Dnieper were deoccupied, including Kherson and Snigurivka of the Mykolaiv region. In the liberated territories, the occupiers mined many objects.