Ukraine, Russia’s move: a new army in the south

British intelligence: “The appearance of a new formation is very likely.” Kiev: “Freed 43 square kilometers in the direction of Bakhmut”

Russia is probably creating another army in the occupied southern regions of Ukraine to conduct defensive operations on this part of the front. British intelligence suggests this in its daily report on Twitter. “Russia is expanding its military structures according to its current needs. The appearance of a new formation is very likely: the 18th combined arms army”, explains the Ministry of Defense in London.

According to British intelligence this “formation will be the result of the unification and strengthening of other units currently operating in the Kherson region, in particular the 22nd Army Corps, which is usually part of the Russian garrison in occupied Crimea”.

According to British intelligence, the new army could consist mainly of mobilized personnel and will focus on defensive operations in southern Ukraine. “Russia probably wants to free up more experienced units to conduct combat operations in key directions,” the British experts conclude.


On the front of the Ukrainian counter-offensive, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said on national TV that “in the direction of Bakhmut, the Ukrainian armed forces have already liberated 43 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory. Perceptible advance along the southern flank around Bakhmut”.

“Our troops are advancing along the southern flank around Bakhmut – added Malyar – Another three square kilometers have been liberated. In general, we can talk about the liberation of 43 square kilometers of our land in this direction.”

On the northern side of Bakhmut, according to Malyar “the enemy is trapped. The Russians cannot get out of Bakhmut and cannot advance fully.”