While Russians keep up their offensive on the Kupiansk axis, their troops changed tactics and stopped the “meat assaults.” Now, they’re actively hitting Ukrainian positions with artillery and aviation. Illia Yevlash, a spokesman for OC East of the AFU, discussed this in the ether of the national telemarathon on September 15. 

According to Yevlash, there’s a sort of stillness to the Kupiansk-Lyman axis. But, during the past day, Russians made 514 artillery hits and 11 airstrikes. The goal of this shelling is to find a weakness in Ukrainian defense. 

“The adversary keeps employing artillery instead of meat assaults* and doesn’t employ fire barrages as much as before. They save up ammunition and use it only if necessary,” explained the spokesman. 

Yevlash added that the Ukrainian military killed 48 occupiers and destroyed a T-72 tank, MT-LB tracked armored fighting vehicle, howitzers Msta-B and Msta-C, two Grad systems, two Lancet UAVs, and a truck with ammo. 

*Meat assaults is a tactic often employed by Russian army: they throw enormous number of troops forward to take Ukrainian positions “with numbers” with no regard to their soldiers’ lives.

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