The Russian army continues defensive preparations in the Kherson region. According to the Institute for the Study of War, Ukrainian military sources said Russian troops were trying to keep hold of the lines in the Kherson direction.
Russian and Ukrainian sources continued to claim that Russian troops were facilitating the call. ”withdrawal” The number of civilians on the west bank of the Dnieper River indicates continued concern about Ukrainian advances.
It is likely that the Russian occupation authorities are beginning a new phase of resettlement of the residents of the Kherson region: privately and in an unorganized manner.
Institute for the Study of War Says: By doing so, Russian authorities may have established new reporting conditions for accusing Ukrainian forces of endangering civilian lives in order to end the centralized evacuation necessary to protect civilians.
Satellite images from early November show Russian defensive lines at Kakhovka, Hola Priston and Ivanivka, 60 km south-west of the city of Kherson. They are all located on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River.
The UK Defense Ministry has said in its latest intelligence update that Kherson is not the only area where Russian forces are building defense lines.
Russia has begun building defensive structures around the captured city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine. For this purpose two plants are manufacturing concrete anti-tank structures, known as dragon’s teeth.
These structures are likely to be installed between the city of Mariupol and Nikolské and north of Mariupol to the city of Stary Krim. Mariupol is part of Russia’s ‘Land Bridge’ to Crimea, a major logistics communication line.
This activity shows that Russia is making a significant effort to build defenses deep behind its current front line, which in the event of success is likely to prevent any rapid advance by Ukraine.