Russia & Ukraine offer conflicting Zaporizhzhia frontline accounts.
Moscow claimed to have halted Kyiv’s counter-offensive.
Ukraine has managed to reclaim a few small villages.
Russia and Ukraine offered conflicting narratives regarding the developments along the frontline in the Zaporizhzhia region over the weekend.
Moscow claimed to have halted Kyiv’s counter-offensive, while Ukraine’s military maintained that it was continuing to advance.
Ukraine has managed to reclaim a few small villages in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia region since the commencement of its counter-offensive in June.
However, progress has been limited, and the extensive frontline in the country’s eastern and southern regions has seen minimal changes over the past year.
Yevgeny Balitsky, the highest-ranking Moscow-appointed official in the Zaporizhzhia region, asserted, “The enemy has been stopped, and their much-publicized counter-offensive has been completely halted.”
He made these statements in an interview with the Russian state news agency published on Monday. Balitsky mentioned ongoing skirmishes near the villages of Robotyne and Shcherbaky, situated about 22 km to the northwest.
With both sides tightly controlling the flow of battlefield information and making claims of success in localized areas, determining which side is making substantial progress and the intensity of the fighting has proven to be challenging.
Ukraine’s General Staff, on Sunday evening, reported that Russian forces had launched unsuccessful assaults near Robotyne and Verbove, a village a few kilometers to the east.
The Russian defense ministry, in its daily briefing on Sunday, stated that Russian forces had successfully repelled Ukraine’s attacks near Verbove and Robotyne. Nonetheless, analysts at the Institute for the Study of War, based in Washington, noted that Ukraine had made “limited advances west of Verbove.”
Additionally, Ukraine’s General Staff stated that Ukrainian forces were actively conducting offensive operations in the Melitopol direction, within the western Zaporizhzhia region, thereby “exhausting the enemy all along the frontline” in that area. Russia claimed that its air defense forces had repelled Ukrainian air attacks in the same region.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy refuted claims over the weekend that the conflict with Russia had reached a “stalemate” after his Commander-in-chief General Valery Zaluzhnyi suggested that the conflict was evolving towards static and attritional warfare.