Ukrainian artillery fires
Ukrainian artillery fires (Picture: Ukrainian MOD).

Russian forces preparing for continued 'major Ukrainian breakthroughs', MOD says

Ukrainian artillery fires
Ukrainian artillery fires (Picture: Ukrainian MOD).

Following the withdrawal west of the Dnipro River, Russian forces are now preparing defensive locations and building trenching systems 60 kilometres behind their current frontlines, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has said.

In an update on Twitter, the MOD said "Russian forces continue to prioritise refitting, reorganisation and the preparation of defences across most sectors in Ukraine.

“Units have constructed new trench systems near the border of Crimea, as well as near the Siversky-Donets River between Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

“Some of these locations are up to 60km behind the current front line, suggesting that Russian planners are making preparations in case of further major Ukrainian breakthroughs.

“It is likely that Russia will attempt to eventually redeploy some of the forces recovered from Kherson to reinforce and expand its offensive operations near the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast.”

This comes after retired US General says that the Ukrainians will not pause for winterand set to keep the pressure on Russian forces.

General (Ret'd) Philip Breedlove, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said "the world" expects "Ukraine will pause" amid the harsh winter conditions but says he believes top Ukrainian officers will not aim to stop for winter.

He said the Ukrainians will not allow Russia time to "reconstitute their forces" and if Western support continues, Ukrainian forces will keep on advancing.