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    Russia Says Southeast Ukraine Is Now the Main Focus of Fighting in the War

    Russia Says Southeast Ukraine Is Now the Main Focus of Fighting in the War

    , — The Zaporizhzhia region of southeast Ukraine has become the most recent hot spot for battles in the 18-month war, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, as Kyiv's forces press ahead with their counteroffensive.

    Shoigu told Russian officers that Ukraine has brought up reserve brigades there that were trained by Kyiv's Western allies. He offered no evidence for his claim, which could not be independently verified.

    Fighting in the southeast could be one of the keys to the war. If Russian defenses there collapse, Ukrainian forces could push southward toward the coast and potentially split Russian forces into two.

    Shoigu's assertion was corroborated in part by other reports and assessments of Ukraine's three-month-old effort to drive out the Kremlin's troops.

    The Institute for the Study of War, a think tank, citing geolocated footage, said Tuesday that Ukrainian light infantry has advanced beyond some of the anti-tank ditches and dense minefields that make up 's layered defenses in Zaporizhzhia.

    However, it said it was unable to state that the defense was fully breached, because no Ukrainian heavy armor has been witnessed in the area.

    It is in the south that the Ukrainian brigades have made most recent battlefield gains as the counteroffensive inches forward under heavy fire.

    Since the grinding counteroffensive began about three months ago, Ukraine has…

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