Ukraine War: Battle across the city of Bakhmut at the arrival of spring
Meanwhile, in 1941, Moscow had forced Nazi Germany to retreat. This weather shows no mercy to anyone. Many times the Soviet army also had to face its brunt and its operations were ruined. One doesn’t have to go back very far into history to understand the importance of the spring season.
London. As winter nears the end of Ukraine, Russia is making a series of advances in the Donbass region with the main goal of capturing the city of Bakhmut. The city of Bakhmut has some (limited) strategic importance as a regional transport hub, but not the symbolic and physical value that Russia is fighting for. Russian forces are advancing one by one in the same sector in the city, but even making modest gains is paying a heavy price. Meanwhile, the weather is also playing its part.
One year into Vladimir Putin’s special campaign in Ukraine, Russian forces are still facing the same conditions that nullified their initial gains in 2022. History has been witness that the pace of military operations in this region is decided after the end of the winter season. In the past, ‘Raspu****a’ (time of accumulation of mud when the snow melts) brought disaster for the Mongols and Napoleon’s huge army. Even in World War II, ‘Raspu****a’ played an important role.
Meanwhile, in 1941, Moscow had forced Nazi Germany to retreat. This weather shows no mercy to anyone. Many times the Soviet army also had to face its brunt and its operations were ruined. One doesn’t have to go back very far into history to understand the importance of the spring season. Last year due to winter weather and the poor condition of the Russian army, Russia had to launch an initial attack on Kiev through the main highways. Russian forces had decided to send a large number of tanks and other equipment in anticipation of a possible encirclement on the highways as Russian forces advanced through the main roads to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
Many Russian military vehicles were destroyed or abandoned during this time. So it is fair to say that initially Russia suffered undoubted setbacks due to the weather. A year later, the accumulation of mud due to melting snow is again hampering the Russian operation. So, the Russian military is concentrating on points where they can reach and strike realistically. Bakhmut is relatively accessible from a Russian perspective due to its close proximity to railheads and the presence of a roadway.
It is one of the few places on the front line where the Russians can effectively supply supplies in bad weather, which is why attacks from both sides have intensified throughout the winter and now into the spring. Whatever the reasons behind Russia’s attachment to Bakhmut, the fighting here is symbolic for Ukraine as well. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, after consulting with his top generals, ordered more troops to be sent to Bakhmut. Whatever happens next in Bakhmut, but one thing is clear that after the end of the ‘Raspu****a’ period, the fighting in this city will intensify. Russia and Ukraine will try to take advantage of warm, dry weather through the end of April.
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