The `defense belt` of Eastern Ukraine is in danger
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The `defense belt` of Eastern Ukraine is in danger

(Dan Tri) – Russia’s control of the city of Chasiv Yar is only a matter of time, when Ukraine’s defense belt in Donetsk province will be threatened, experts from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) admitted.

Ukraine’s CV-90 infantry fighting vehicle near Chasiv Yar (Photo: Reuters).

According to ISW experts, although it cannot be done quickly, Russian forces will likely gain control of the city of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk province, Eastern Ukraine.

Russia has increased pressure on Chasiv Yar since March with successive attacks.

The Russian military is trying to control as much territory as possible before Ukraine can receive weapons aid from the US.

During this time, Russian military commanders may increase offensive operations northwest of Avdiivka because this area offers more opportunities to achieve quick tactical gains.

Russian troops on the Avdiivka front are about 30km from their operational target, the town of Pokrovsk, and about 17km from the relatively large villages east of Pokrovsk.

Military analysts say that Russia’s attacks west of Avdiivka could give them a tactical advantage, allowing Moscow to make significant progress.

Ukrainian military officials said that Russia is aiming to control Chasiv Yar before Victory Day on May 9.

According to Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi, Russia wants to penetrate Ukraine’s defense system west of Bakhmut, reach the Siverskyi Donets-Donbas canal, control Chasiv Yar and then advance further towards Kramatorsk.

Director of the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence Agency Kyrylo Budanov warned that the Ukrainian army could face a difficult situation around the end of May and early June when Russia increases the intensity of its attacks, taking advantage of the time Ukraine waits for reinforcements.

Some analysts believe that Chasiv Yar’s fate depends on the speed of weapons handover by the US and its allies to Ukraine.

According to military expert Roman Svitan, if it captures Chasiv Yar, Russia will attack the area around Kramatorsk.

`If the allies promptly provide weapons to the Ukrainian army, they will be able to effectively defend their positions and hold Chasiv Yar,` he said.

Earlier this week, the US approved a new aid package worth nearly 61 billion USD for Ukraine after half a year of stagnation due to disagreements in parliament.

The `defense belt` of Eastern Ukraine is in danger

Russia has increased its attacks on Chasiv Yar since March (Photo: AFP).

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