Destroying the Kakhovka Dam became a successful Russian strategy to weaken the Ukrainian military. Photo/Reuters
MOSCOW – Russia’s war strategy was very successful in crippling the movement and mobility of the Ukrainian army by destroying the Kakhovka Dam. It shows Russia is using all means to weaken the defenses and movement of NATO-backed Ukrainian troops.
This is because the destruction of the Kakhovka dam not only crippled the Ukrainian military, but could also trigger many further crises. The impact of this will attract international attention.
Here are 4 facts about the success of the Russian strategy in crippling the Ukrainian army by destroying the Kakhovka Dam.
1. Ukraine’s Messy Counterattack
The collapse of a large dam on the Dnipro river front has clouded the picture of Ukraine’s much-anticipated counterattack against Russia.
The dam collapse occurred just as Ukraine was preparing to launch a counteroffensive. It could also make it difficult for his troops to advance in any attack. Although Kyiv has not divulged in which direction it plans to attack.
“Given Russia is in a strategic defensive position and Ukraine is in a strategic offensive position, in the short term this is an advantage for Russia, of course,” said Ben Barry, senior research fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
“Breaking the dam will help the Russians until the waters recede because it will make it more difficult for the Ukrainians to mount an offensive river crossing,” Barry said.
Maciej Matysiak, a security expert at the Stratpoints Foundation and former deputy head of Polish military counterintelligence, added that the flooding in the region would prevent the use of heavy weapons such as tanks for at least a month.
“(This) creates an excellent defensive position for Russia expecting Ukrainian offensive activity,” Matysiak said.
Subsequently, Marina Miron, a researcher at King’s College in London, called it a “turning point” in the war but said both sides could see some gains in blowing up the dam.
“For Russia, the reason for doing so is to stop Ukraine’s counterattack, of course. And to create a humanitarian situation in Kherson, where it is necessary to evacuate people and create swamps so that the Ukrainians cannot use their mechanized infantry. , for example,” he said.