HANDOUT - 18.07.2022, ---: Dieses vom Pressedienst des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums veröffentlichte Foto zeigt Sergej Schoigu (r), Verteidigungsminister von Russland, und Yunus-Bek Jewkurow (M), stellvertretender Verteidigungsminister von Russland, bei einer Besprechung während einer Inspektion der Vostok-Kampfgruppe an einem ungenannten Ort. Foto: Uncredited/Rusian Defense Ministry Press Service/AP/dpa - ACHTUNG: Nur zur redaktionellen Verwendung und nur mit vollständiger Nennung des vorstehenden Credits +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The operational pause of the Russian armed forces after the complete capture of the Luhansk region has apparently come to an end. On Saturday, the Russian Defense Minister had already ordered an “expansion of the activities of the army groups in all directions of attack”, and today Moscow confirmed new attacks in eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian general staff reported that they had repelled Russian attacks in several places. However, the military experts at the US think tank Institute for the Study of War are not currently assuming that there will be the announced wave of attacks in all directions, but initially smaller advances around Siwersk and Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

The Russian Ministry of Defense had also ordered one thing: That the troops should concentrate on destroying long-range weapons and artillery. A consequence of Ukraine’s recent attacks on Russian logistics centers and ammunition dumps, for which the multiple rocket launchers supplied from the West were also used.

For General a.D. Klaus Wittmann, this order means one thing above all in relation to western arms deliveries: “We absolutely have to deliver more and deliver faster, knowing that the Russian side is only superior in one area: firepower,” he told the newspaper “The World” said.

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