The movement of Russian troops and equipment also intensified in Mariupol.
Russian troops are setting up a line of defense of Mariupol on the border with the Zaporizhia region near the village of Urzuf, digging trenches there.
Petro Andryushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, reported this on the Web on November 16.
“Despite loud statements, defacto (occupiers – ed.) trying to create a maximum of fortifications. The only clear purpose of setting up defenses in this place is to wait for an attack directly from the city of Berdyansk along the coastline along the Urzuf-Berdyansk road,” the mayor’s advisor said in a statement.
He added that during the offensive, after the occupation of Berdyansk, Russian troops used this road to transfer manpower and equipment, which was later concentrated on the side of the Primorsky district of Mariupol.
Andryushchenko also reported on movement of enemy troops in the city and military equipment, declaring an increasing trend.
So, at least 16 cars of the occupiers with guns and eight RZSO “Grad” went in the direction of Donetsk. About 20 tented cars with fuel tanks set off in the direction of Novoazovsk to replenish ammunition and fuel. About 30 awning cars with cargo (numbers – region 25) headed towards Berdyansk through Mangush.
At the same time, it was recorded in the village of Nikolske, Mariupol district rapid growth of the enemy military contingent.
According to the adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, the city and district are becoming a military and logistical point for the occupiers to secure the front.
It will be recalled that Russian troops are preparing for a new battle for Mariupol, and a concentration of enemy military units is now being recorded near the city. This was announced by the head of Donetsk OVA, Pavlo Kyrylenko, the day before.
It should be noted that Ukrainian troops can direct their forces to Mariupol and Melitopol and the northern part of Donbass after the liberation of Kherson Region. Military expert Mykhailo Samus gave this assessment earlier.
At the same time, according to the forecasts of military expert Roman Svitan, further liberation of the occupied territories will start from Zaporizhzhia region in one of three directions: Berdyansk, Melitopol or Mariupol in Donetsk region.