What the Russian Army Achieved in 5 Months of the Special Military Operation

NEW – July 30, 2022

The author of the “Zastavny” Telegram channel explains why the talk that the allied forces are “advancing too slowly” during the special military operation is absolutely wrong.

“Our detractors often complain that the Russian army is advancing too slowly. They say that battles are going on for some endless villages, followed by the storming of some third-rate cities. ‘During the five months of the war, the Russians did not take a single regional centre,‘ they say.

Well, this only means that our opponents either do not know or have begun to forget what Ukraine is, as a geographical area, and what Donbass is like.

Recall, and for someone it will be a revelation that the Donetsk region, being part of Ukraine, occupied 1st place in terms of population among its subjects, surpassing even the Kiev agglomeration.

Accordingly, the population density of the Donetsk Republic within the borders of the Donetsk region is about 160 people/km2 (data before February 23, 2022). For comparison, the population density in the Chernigov region is 32 people/km2, Kherson region — 37 people/km2, Sumy region – 47 people/km2. Such numbers for Donbass are due to the high urbanisation of the population as a result of the concentration of a huge number of industrial enterprises in the cities of the region.

These enterprises provided more than 20% of industrial production in the former Ukraine.

Therefore, for an objective view of the current events, it is necessary to take into account the specifics of the region and consider not the liberation of individual settlements, but the agglomerations of Donbass. The first of which is Mariupol with a population of about 650,000 people. Ukraine has finally lost, and Russia has additionally acquired, not only an important centre of metallurgy, but, more importantly, access to the Sea of Azov with a commercial port.

The next agglomeration acquired by the Russian army was Lisichansk-Severodonetsk with a population of about 400,000 people. Further, it is necessary to mention separately the so-called Svetlodarsk city community (population of about 32,000 people). Its main value, in addition to the Russian people, is the Uglegorsk thermal power plant — the largest in the former Ukraine.

Thus, as we noted earlier, Ukraine lost not only the most powerful of its nuclear power plants, but also a thermal power plant.

At the moment, the Russian army has reached the outskirts of Soledar, seeking to liberate a section of settlements from Seversk to Bakhmut with a total population of about 200,000 people. The next frontier is the chain of cities from Slavyansk to Toretsk (the total population is about 430,000 people). To understand the scale of what is happening, we recall how many people live in some regional centres of the former Ukraine: Uzhgorod – 116,000, Lutsk – 215,000, Ternopol – 225,000, Ivano-Frankovsk – 238,000, Rovno — 243,000.

In other words, during the five months of the special military operation, the Russian army not only deprived the former Ukraine of all ports on the Sea of Azov, the most powerful power plants, a significant part of industrial production, and almost all military-industrial complex enterprises, but also liberated cities with the population of 5-7 regional centres.

The time will come when Kharkov, Nikolaev, Zaporozhye and Odessa will also return to their native harbour. In our opinion, they will be able to do this much faster than other Russian cities that have mistakenly found themselves separated from their native Motherland.”

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