December 3, 2022

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Front-back defensive position: New images show Russian “Wagner” line-up

Front and rear defensive positions
New images show the Russian “Wagner” lineup

In Ukraine, the focus is mainly on the south, Cherson and the dam there. But the Russians are also defending their positions in the east. However, the current front is about 50 kilometers behind. Do you consider losing territory?

Russian forces are building up in Ukraine’s Luhansk region A line of defense for days On the outskirts of Hirske. Current satellite images from provider Maxar and new Russian propaganda images now provide a more detailed view of the defense situation. Hundreds of small concrete pyramids can be seen arranged in two lines. Apparently they want to stop Ukrainian military vehicles. Note how far this line is from the current front line. Hirske is 25 kilometers south of Russian-held Lysizansk, and 50 kilometers east of Pakmut, where the advance is currently operating and where the Russians will actually attack, i.e. move forward.

In the Russian media, two double rows of concrete blocks near Hirske for about 1.6 kilometers are now referred to as the “Wagner Line”, referring to the Russian mercenary troops who now form the mainstay. To be responsible for Russian propaganda and construction. Russian portal Riafan has published several photos of the defensive situation in the past few days. The company belongs to the media group of Putin confidant Yevgeny Prigozhin, who claims to have founded the Wagner Group.

“A line of communication will be built,” Prigozhin announced in a telegram a few days ago. Fortifications were not really necessary, he boasted, as “having a Wagner unit at the front” was already an “impenetrable wall”.

Ryaban talks about a “second line of defense” if the Ukrainians infiltrate there. No wonder preparations are underway – this is the area where Ukrainians made surprisingly big gains in September. However, given the short length, there may be chances of Ukrainian forces crossing the line. An important road to Luhansk, the important regional capital, runs near Hirske. The region of the same name is one of the territories recently annexed by Russia.

Historian Christian Hartmann has expressed doubts about the effectiveness of such strict security systems, especially in today’s drone age. “Such ancient buildings have a propaganda and psychological meaning for defenders,” the head of the deployment research department at the Bundeswehr Center for Military History and Social Sciences told last week. “In general, barriers are always good. They not only help prevent an attack, they can also repel it.” However, the defender’s available reserves are decisive for holding such a sequence.

View of Hirske (Ukr. Гирске): The road to Vrubivka runs north of the barrier line, and the railway line to the local coal mine runs south.

(Photo: Map data © OpenStreepMap Contributors, SRTM | Map rendering: © OpenTopoMap (CC-BY-SA))

CNN cited a Russian newspaper as saying the plan is to expand from the Russian-Ukrainian border to Kreminna and then south to Svitlodarsk. In that case, almost 100 kilometers would have to be extended in the last north-south section alone. According to the transmitter’s calculation, a total of 217 kilometers need to be corrected. However, no further construction activities could be seen in the satellite images.

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