Why did Russia send thousands of troops to surround Ukraine’s strategic stronghold?
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Why did Russia send thousands of troops to surround Ukraine’s strategic stronghold?

(Dan Tri) – Controlling the city of Chasiv Yar is an important goal of Russia in its efforts to expand its military campaign in Eastern Ukraine.

A Ukrainian soldier from the 93rd brigade camouflaged self-propelled guns on the front line, when Russia attacked near the city of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region (Photo: Reuters).

When the US took months to approve the next military aid package for Kiev, Russia took advantage of this moment to step up offensive activities in Ukraine.

In the context of being overwhelmed by Russia in both firepower and numbers, the Ukrainian army is fighting against more than 20,000 Russian troops deployed to protect the strategically important city.

Russian troops have advanced to the eastern suburbs of Chasiv Yar.

Controlling Chasiv Yar would make it easier for Russia to launch a larger-scale offensive in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province, an area that has seen the heaviest fighting since 2014. About half

Why did Russia send thousands of troops to surround Ukraine's strategic stronghold?

Location of Chasiv Yar city (Photo: Ukrainian Weekly).

Chasiv Yar is located in the Donbass industrial zone, which includes Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts.

Chasiv Yar is the highest point in the area and is divided to the east by the Siverskyi Donets-Donbas canal, creating a barrier between the Kanal subdistrict and the rest of the city.

Chasiv Yar’s favorable location and terrain explain why Ukraine turned this area into one of Kiev’s strongholds in the conflict in Donbass since 2014. This city has an important military hospital, after

Despite Russia’s brief control of the city of Bakhmut, less than 10km to the east, Chasiv Yar remained largely unscathed until Russia began its special military operation in Ukraine.

`Areas with similar terrain are rare in this direction. Keeping Russia in Chasiv Yar helps Ukraine limit damage to many other cities,` Emil Kastehelmi, a military history expert, told Kyiv Independent.

Russia’s strategic goals

When Russia began its all-out war in Ukraine in February 2022, Chasiv Yar frequently became the target of fierce attacks.

Serhii Chaus, head of the Chasiv Yar military junta, told BBC Ukraine that the constant danger and destruction of civilian infrastructure had forced most locals to leave, depopulating the city’s population.

As the situation worsened, all remaining children in the city were evacuated from Chasiv Yar by Ukrainian authorities last year, leaving behind mainly the elderly, unwilling or unable to leave.

According to Mr. Chaus, those who remained in the city had to live in harsh conditions without electricity, water or gas.

The Ukrainian army used Chasiv Yar as an assembly center and fire support base.

As of April 26, Ukraine is said to still control Chasiv Yar, but the situation in this area is increasingly difficult.

Why did Russia send thousands of troops to surround Ukraine's strategic stronghold?

Buildings damaged during fighting in Chasiv Yar (Photo: Getty).

After months of deadlock, the US Congress finally passed an important foreign aid package, including nearly $61 billion for Ukraine.

Russia is said to have fired 10 times more artillery shells than Ukraine and used air superiority to flatten Ukrainian positions with glide bombs.

According to analysts, an offensive campaign to capture Chasiv Yar will open up immediate prospects for the Russian army to achieve significant operational progress.

The effort to control Chasiv Yar is important to Russia’s larger offensive campaign in eastern Ukraine, expected to take place in May or June. Russia will deploy its elite air force in

`They could begin massing large numbers of close-air support forces and artillery in the area, attempting to deploy more equipment and personnel in hopes of achieving success, and they could also

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.

If it captures Chasiv Yar, Moscow will gain fire control over important Ukrainian supply routes in the region.

`Such developments will also challenge Ukraine’s publicly declared goals of regaining all controlled territories,` expert Kastehelmi added.

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