Ukraine-Russia war, the Russians enter Kharkiv: what are the special forces of Moscow and how they move

Of Guido Olimpio

The mission to enter the inhabited area may have been entrusted to the Spetsnaz and the Razvedchiki explorers, a military intelligence unit that is often at the forefront of this type of mission. No tanks were seen, at least at the beginning

A Russian vehicle on fire at a crossroads. Four other Tigr armored vehicles, also Russian, abandoned and damaged after being ambushed. Yet. A team of invaders proceeds on foot, alongside the vehicles, along a road. The Ukrainians wait and then open fire. The Russians disperse, a battle arises. Fighters wear identification cloth strips on their camouflage to avoid friendly fire. Ukrainians wear yellow or blue ones, Russians sometimes have red or white ones on their arm and leg. I’m the first images arriving from Khariv, the city of Ukraine, stormed at dawn after a night bombardment, aimed at destroying command centers and important installations. A maneuver that initially developed from the northeast with the intention of reaching the center. Obviously it is fragmentary, chaotic information, incomplete pieces of a war mosaic.

The mission to enter the inhabited area may have been entrusted – experts report – to the Spetsnaz and Razvedchiki explorers, a unit of military intelligence who are often at the forefront of this type of mission. No tanks were seen, at least at the beginning. Maybe the command wanted test the opponent’s defenses before using firepower that could have devastating consequences for civilians. At the same time, analysts note, it is extremely difficult to proceed only with light means. Also because the Ukrainians were and are waiting.

Their goal is to make the raiders pay a heavy price, forcing them to progress slowly. Every intersection can become a trap, every house can hide a sniper or a soldier with an anti-tank system. The videos also show some resistant with RPGs, portable anti-tank rockets, a symbol of many conflicts. Weapons not really sophisticated but which become dangerous in combat in urban areas. Ukrainians are interested in slowing down, damaging, making supply routes unsafe. Moscow relies on special forces, defined today as heroic by Vladimir Putin himself, to underline their importance in an offensive that has proved to be tough. The unequal comparison, the mighty Kremlin war machine. Moscow has mobilized other battalions, but those who defend themselves want to prove their worth.


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