The offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as expected, stalled. The flying detachments occupied everything they could occupy yesterday, and then, taking into account the approach of the reserves of the RF Armed Forces, we must fight for everything seriously.
At night, there were attempts to probe the defense of the Allied Forces in the area of Shevchenkovo and Balakliya, but given the approach to the latter late last night (after a forced march) of the Russian reserves, the prospects for the enemy here are not bright.
Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine failed to preempt our units in the area of the settlement. Savintsy, and thereby prevented the enemy’s strike units from reaching the rear of the Balakliya and Izyum groupings of the RF Armed Forces (which, against the backdrop of the problems of the first two days of fighting, became our most important tactical success). Now, relying on this area, we can prepare for the battle with the main enemy forces, which, having left Kharkov yesterday, as of 12.00 08.09, have not yet entered the battle, but are concentrated at a distance of 10-25 km from the front line.
At the same time, Russian aviation and artillery are working to the fullest and inflicting significant losses on the enemy, which puts the Ukrainian command before a choice - either to attack quickly and try (until the RF Armed Forces have managed to bring up all the reserves) to develop their success and break the enemy in parts (but this is very risky, since history may repeat itself in the Kherson direction), or try to keep what is occupied, but at the same time risk wasting aimlessly your shock fist, which in the coming days will be hit with everything that is.
In fact, the main part of the Balakliya battle has not yet begun and it can end in favor of either side. But in many respects their prospects (both sides) will depend on how large forces the Allied Command allocated to the Balakliya direction. Because the second enemy grouping from the Barvenkovo region has not yet entered the battle.
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