Russia’s second defensive line less dense, Ukraine says

Armed Forces of Ukraine

While still being a formidable obstacle, the second line of Russian fortifications in southern Ukraine is less dense in minefields, Oleksandr Shtupun, Tavria front defense forces spokesperson, told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Sept. 4.

“The second line of defense is quite powerful; I don't understand why everyone thinks it's much weaker,” said Shtupun.

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“Yes, the density of minefields is lower, but their quantity is still quite large.”

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According to him, Russian trenches and obstacles beyond the first defensive line are not as strong, and this could “play into the hands” of Ukrainian forces.

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Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, commander of the Tavria operational group, confirmed on Sept. 2 that the Defense Forces had breached the first Russian defense line in the southern direction.

By his estimates, Russia devoted 60% of its time and resources to building the first line of defense, and only 20% each to the second and third lines, as Moscow did not expect Ukrainian troops to reach those.

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