Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, October 1, 2023 - Angelica Evans, Nicole Wolkov, George Barros, Karolina Hird, and Frederick W. Kagan October 1, 2023, 5:30pm ET
2 October 2023
A Ukrainian soldier analyzed the footage of the area and noted that the aforementioned Russian- controlled trench is a strongpoint in an interconnected system of trenches, firing systems, and dugouts that lie between Robotyne and Novoprokopivka. The Ukrainian soldier noted that the trenches are connected by underground tunnel-like structures and that Russian forces are prioritizing the defense. [...] The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed on October 1 that Russian forces repelled Ukrainian attacks near Dibrova (7km southwest of Kreminna) and in the Serebryanske forest area. A Russian milblogger claimed on September 30 that Ukrainian forces regularly conduct unsuccessful attacks west of Kreminna to interfere with Russian operations on the bank of the Siverskyi Donets River near Biloh. [...] Geolocated footage published on September 30 indicates that Ukrainian forces marginally advanced east of Andriivka (10km southwest of Bakhmut). Additional geolocated footage published on October 1 indicates that Ukrainian forces marginally advanced northeast of Andriivka. The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) stated that elements of the Russian Southern Grouping of Forces repelled Ukrainia. [...] The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed that Russian forces repelled four Ukrainian attacks near Pryyutne (16km southwest of Velyka Novosilka). A Russian milblogger claimed that the intensity of Ukrainian attacks in this area has significantly decreased as of September 30. The milblogger claimed that Ukrainian forces are rotating and replenishing units in preparation to possibly resu. [...] Geolocated footage published on September 29 indicates that Ukrainian forces marginally advanced northwest of Robotyne (13km south of Orikhiv). The Russian MoD claimed that Russian forces repelled two Ukrainian attacks in the direction of Robotyne and Verbove (18km southeast of Orikhiv). Another Russian milblogger claimed that Ukrainian forces have reduced the intensity of their attacks ne.