The occupiers are planning to attack the Dnepropetrovsk region from the city of Izyum, where they are gathering new forces, experts say.
The last days in the Dnieper and the region, the sirens practically do not stop. The Russian occupiers are inflicting massive missile strikes on infrastructure, industrial and agricultural facilities. American military experts believe that the Dnieper is a new target of the Russian Federation. Perild.com tells the details.
Anti-record for the Dnipropetrovsk region
On April 10, the Dnepropetrovsk region and the city of Dnepr itself were subjected to ten heavy rocket attacks from the Russian occupiers. According to the head of the Dnepropetrovsk OVA, Valentin Reznichenko, Sunday’s strikes were “an anti-record for the region.”
“For our region, it was a day of anti-records. Sirens almost every hour. And, unfortunately, there are “arrivals” in different areas. In the Dnieper, an infrastructure facility was destroyed by enemy strikes. Rescuers tamed the fire there for several hours,” he said.
In the Pavlograd region, a rocket hit an industrial facility. Destroyed the building and caused a fire. In the Dniprovsky district, a farm building burned down.
There was also a repeated attack on the airport in Dnipro. “There is no longer a living place left of it. Both the airport itself and the infrastructure nearby were destroyed. And the missiles fly and fly. We find out the number of victims,” Reznichenko added.
The head of the Dnepropetrovsk Regional Council, Nikolai Lukashuk, said that six employees of the State Emergency Service who arrived at the site of the missile strike were injured and came under repeated attack. One of the rescuers is in critical condition.
“Three arrivals – to the territory of the airport in the regional center. The infrastructure near the airfield was also destroyed. In addition, one civilian died in Novopavlovka – he picked up a cluster munition,” Lukashuk said.
The Russian Ministry of Defense on the morning of April 10 published a video of the launch of Caliber missiles from a Russian frigate in the Black Sea. They said that they struck with sea-based missiles at the “headquarters of the Dnepr battalion in the Dnepropetrovsk region.”
It should be noted that the Dnipropetrovsk region is only subjected to rocket attacks, there are no Russian forces on its territory.
From the south, near Krivoy Rog and Nikopol, Russian troops tried to occupy several settlements. At one time there was a threat of a breakthrough to Krivoy Rog, but the Ukrainian forces pushed the invaders out of the Kherson region. Krivoy Rog itself was shelled several times from Gradov and Tornadoes.
US forecasts: offensive on the Dnieper through the Izyum
American military experts call Dnepr one of the next targets of the Russian occupiers in Russia.
Russia in the war with Ukraine is acting unpredictably and its next strike could be directed at the Dnieper and Odessa with the aim of capturing them, retired US Navy Captain Harry Tabah said on the April 10 telethon.
“Russia acts unpredictably, illogically, it is simply impossible to explain many of its actions. Murder for the sake of murder, such a cult of death… Both one’s own and another’s. These actions are incomprehensible… You can expect everything, and you have to prepare for everything,” Tabakh emphasized.
According to him, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is now acting much more competently than it was during the preparations for the invasion.
“Today, what I see, and what my comrades – both Ukrainian and American military say – that Russia is showing “symptoms” of dividing Ukraine by making a strong blow to the Dnieper and Odessa. And these reconnaissance flights, shelling, they have such reconnaissance by shelling,” Tabakh said.
It can be seen that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are also preparing for this, says the American military man. Now everyone is working on time, but time is short for both sides, Tabah said.
“The Russians have little time to regroup, put together some kind of army and abandon it. And the Ukrainians – they also have little time … Now every hour, every minute, second is the life of Ukrainians and the military,” he summed up.
As early as April 5, the former commander of NATO forces in Europe, Wesley Clark, said on CNN that the next target of Russian military aggression could be the Dnieper.
“What’s next: Russians north and south of the Dnieper. If they can reach the Dnieper, they will cut off the Ukrainian forces that are holding back the separatists in the Donbass. And this is the next Russian task: to surround these forces, cut them off, destroy them. This is a significant part Ukrainian army,” the retired general said.
The US Department of Defense suggests that Russian troops may launch an offensive from the occupied Izyum to the Dnieper to try to capture the regional center, the New York Times wrote on April 10, citing unnamed sources.
“We have been discussing for several days how important it is for them to seize Izyum, since it is located almost in the middle of the Donbass, somewhat west of it,” the newspaper’s interlocutors say.
American intelligence confirms the accumulation of Russian units in Izyum itself and the surrounding area for a likely offensive to the south and southeast.
Control of Izyum would allow the Russians to later go on the offensive on the Dnieper, according to US defense analysts.
At the same time, on Friday, a Pentagon spokesman at a briefing for journalists said that Russian troops in and around Izyum would try to attack to the south and southeast in order to try to move deeper into the Donbas region.
The distance between Izyum and the Dnieper is about 170 kilometers. Lozovaya and Pavlograd are on the way to the Dnieper.
Satellite photographs were released on Sunday that showed an eight-mile (12.8 kilometer) long military column moving south through the village of Bolshoy Burluk in the Kharkiv region towards the regional center.
Some time later, the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleg Sinegubov, said that on the night of April 10, the Ukrainian military destroyed a large enemy convoy heading towards Izyum.
In the morning report of the General Staff of that day, it was said that the invaders were trying to break through the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Izyum region and were transferring additional units there.
“Izum has become a logistics center for them (the occupiers – ed.): troops are being gathered there in order to further attack the Donetsk region. They made two crossings across the Seversky Donets River. They are transported from the city through them [технику] to the southern part of the suburb of Izyum. There are fights going on now. Our Armed Forces are holding the enemy back, but the fighting is very serious,” Mayor of Izyum Valery Marchenko said on April 11 on Radio NV.
Also, accumulations of troops were seen in the Belgorod region. Not far from the city of Valuyki, there are now two tent camps at once. Near them are tanks and many types of other equipment. As early as April 2, military equipment was not there. Now they counted up to 20 tanks, as well as 21 helicopters. The 237th Tank Regiment of the Russian Ground Forces is now located here.
A massive Russian offensive against the Donbass is expected in the near future. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is convinced that the battle will resemble the Second World War – with major operations, maneuvers and the involvement of thousands of tanks, armored combat vehicles, aircraft, artillery.
“Given the preparation of Russia that we see, this will not be a local operation,” Kuleba said and added: “Russia has its own plan, we have our own. The outcome of the battle will be decided on the battlefield.”
The head of the Lugansk regional military administration, Serhiy Gaidai, also suggested what the battle for eastern Ukraine could be like.
“I think that there will be something like this: around 3-4 o’clock in the morning, massive shelling will begin. Heavy and large-caliber mortars, artillery, aviation, MLRS, Grad, Smerch, Hurricane, Tochka-U will be involved. All they use what they have. It will last for several hours on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” he said.
Then the invaders will go on the offensive with a huge number of tanks and infantry, Gaidai added.
“We are waiting for the offensive for about three or four days. They are slowing down for now, because they don’t want a repeat of their moronic blitzkrieg, which has been going on for so many days. They don’t want a repeat, so they accumulate strength so that they make a 100 percent breakthrough. yesterday or the day before yesterday. It didn’t work out,” Gaidai said.
Earlier, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petr Andryushchenko, said that the strike on the railway station in Kramatorsk was the beginning of a big battle for eastern Ukraine.