“Mark Cancian, a senior advisor with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Newsweek that Ukraine will likely launch a winter offensive against Russia once the ground freezes, likely in January. Although it’s impossible to know for certain where Ukraine will target its attacks, Cancian said Russian forces in Zaporizhzhia may have “potential weaknesses” that make the region an ideal place for Ukraine to launch a counteroffensive.
“There’s a long, thinly held front and there hasn’t been a lot of activity up until now,” Cancian said of the Russian forces occupying Zaporizhzhia. “That would be a logical place to attack.”
Cancian said Ukraine also could be using the recent Zaporizhzhia attacks as a way to deceive Russia before striking stronger elsewhere.
Earlier this week, Ukraine claimed the attack on the critical bridge, which crosses the Molochna River and connects the city of Melitopol and the village of Kostyantynivka in Zaporizhzhia. Newsweek previously reported that Russian news outlet Ria Novosti said the bridge was damaged but survived the attack. Ria Novosti reported explosives were placed on the bridge’s support system, and although it didn’t fall, traffic was suspended. Newsweek could not independently verify the outlet’s statement about the bridge’s condition.
Experts previously told Newsweek that the bridge damage could cut Russians off from necessary supplies, such as food, adequate uniforms and weapons. Both Russia and Ukraine have attempted to use the cold winter weather as an ally by targeting their opponent in a way that could degrade soldier morale.”
Comment” Last night “TC tonight” featured a TC diatribe against Ukraine and aid to Ukraine that was so intense as to make me think Russia grows more desperate. pl