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Ukraine war map shows counter-offensive gains with arrival of US M1 Abrams tanks

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Ukrainian troops continued to make gradual advances against Russia, said the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), whose map shows Kiev’s progress at a time when long-awaited weapons from the United States Kiev is making headlines.

The Washington-based think tank said on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces continued to advance near Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast and western Zaporizhzhia, during the counter-offensive aimed at reconquering occupied territory. by Russia.

The Ukrainian General Staff said that on Tuesday Ukrainian forces achieved partial success west of Verbove, six miles east of Robotyne, the town in western Zaporizhia Oblast that the Ukraine reported its capture in August.

Meanwhile, geotagged images from Monday also showed Kiev advancing northwest of Zaliznyanske, six miles northwest of Bakhmut.

The ISW provides maps with its daily updates and its Tuesday charts showed how, over the past few days near Bakhmut, Ukrainian forces advanced to the railway line north of the Klishchiivka settlement on the 15th. October and northwest of Zaliznianske the next day. News week emailed the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

This map produced by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) on October 18, 2023 shows gradual Ukrainian gains around Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast. Ukraine continues its counter-offensive to retake the territory occupied by Russia,
Institute for the Study of War

Also on Tuesday, the United States confirmed that the 31 American-made M1 Abrams main battle tanks it had previously promised had arrived in Ukraine.

U.S. Army Europe-Africa (USAREUR-AF) spokesman Col. Martin O’Donnell said Ukrainian troops who trained with U.S. forces in Germany returned in Ukraine, although it will likely take time for Kiev to fully deploy vehicles to the front line.

Another US-supplied weapon, the Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), was used for the first time on Tuesday to strike Russian targets, it was reported.

Ukraine said it struck Russian assets at Luhansk and Berdyansk airfields. destroying nine Russian helicopters, military equipment, an air defense system, ammunition warehouses and runways.

A video posted on social networks shows the use of long-range systems that kyiv has long requested. The Wall Street Journal had reported that a “small number” of ATACMS missiles had been “secretly sent to Ukraine in recent days.” The ISW said the ATACMS strikes “will likely prompt the Russian command to disperse its air assets and withdraw some aircraft to airfields further from the front line.”

While some versions of the missiles can reach a range of around 180 miles, those sent to Ukraine have a shorter range and carry cluster munitions, which open in the air and release hundreds of small bombs rather than one single warhead.

David Silbey, an associate professor of history at Cornell University, said ATACMS would put part of Russian-occupied northern Crimea within attack range of Ukraine, but would be “d ‘limited usefulness’.

“The restrictions in number and scope that the United States has placed on them mean that the Ukrainians will not be able to hit a substantial number of targets for an extended period of time,” he told Newsweek in comments sent by email.

However, he said ATACMS will allow Ukraine to hit targets that were previously beyond its capabilities, but while “there’s going to be a lot of noise around it…I don’t think they’re moving so much the needle.”

A1 Abrams Tank
This August 25, 2023 illustrative image shows Australian soldiers near an A1 Abrams tank at a naval base in the city of San Antonio, Zambales province, August 25, 2023. Ukraine receives a long-awaited delivery of tanks the United States.
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