Zaporozhye frontline situation stable, says Russian official
Russian official Vladimir Rogov underlines that the situation on the frontline of Zaparozhye is stable despite the tensions going on within Russia with Wagner.
The situation on the front lines remained stable on Sunday, and Ukrainian forces did not make any significant advances, Vladimir Rogov, Deputy Director of the Zaparozhye Region's Office, told Russian news agency Sputnik during an interview.
"The frontline in the Zaporizhzhia region is stable and is under the control of our troops. The enemy is making attempts to advance, fighting is underway in the gray zone and on a small section of the first line of defense, where the enemy is trying to gain a foothold," Rogov said.
Moreover, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson told Sputnik that the Russian forces repelled hostile attacks in the south Donetsk and Zaparozhye directions.
The repulsion of the attack cost Ukraine numerous tanks, armored vehicles, and soldiers, the official reported."In the south Donetsk direction, the advanced units of the Vostok group of forces repelled an enemy attack in the Makarivka area. A tank, armored combat vehicles, and manpower were destroyed. Having suffered losses, the enemy retreated," the spokesperson said.
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The reassurance comes after infighting within Russia, with Wagner PMC chief Yevgeny Prigozhin announcing on his Telegram channel storming the region of Rostov and taking over the military headquarters in response to what he claims was a Russian attack on his troops earlier under the orders of the Defense Ministry.
Due to the developing events, Moscow canceled all public events as the PMC came just 6 hours away from the Russian capital amid continued advancements, while Russian security units stormed Wanger's headquarters in St. Petersburg.
Putin delivered a televised address to the nation in which he described the actions of the Wagner Group as an armed mutiny and treason and promised harsh measures against the insurgents.
The situation involving the Wagner Group PMC and its head Yevgeny Prigozhin in Russia will not affect the progress of Moscow's military operation in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday.
In a similar vein, the situation in Zaparozhye is incredibly tense, with it being the frontline on which Ukraine is trying to launch its counteroffensive.
Just Tuesday, Ukraine lost Tuesday nearly 500 soldiers as a result of offensive attempts in the South Donetsk, Zaparozhye, and Donetsk directions.
Ukraine's ambitious counteroffensive against Russia - which it launched in a bid to take the lands captured by the country through the war effort - is proving to be quite a difficult task.
The frontline is laden with mines and Russia's advanced defense systems, combined with the lack of air cover on Ukraine's end, have hampered Kiev's effort to take back any land.
After Ukraine's first attacks yielded mixed results, or mostly Ukrainian forces halted their attacks in recent days as commanders drew lessons from the past two weeks and tried to figure out how to penetrate Russian lines without suffering heavy losses, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Ukraine has been hyping its counteroffensive since last year, and although the attack was intended for spring, it was moved to the summer after Ukraine blamed the delay on a lack of weapons.