Ukraine, 16 km Away from taking control of the South

Operation Grind gains momentum

Shankar Narayan
4 min readSep 17, 2023
Special forces team taking aim (Licensed Image)

A few weeks ago, one of my readers asked me if it is possible for Ukraine to reach the Sea of Azov before the snow freezes the ground. I did not have an answer then; it was more of a yes, no… hmmm… maybe.

In the last 48 hours, the answer to that question has arrived from the actions of the Russian army in occupied Ukraine. The Russian army is in a mad scramble to reposition their troops.

Screenshot from Deepstatelive. Black text by me

After losing two key villages on the left flank of Bakhmut, the Russian army has repositioned some of its troops in the Bakhmut sector to the ever-growing Ukrainian bulge near Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia. The Russian reinforcements have yet to stop the Ukrainian advance, as Ukraine continues to advance in the Robotyne axis almost every week.

A few hours ago, the ISW confirmed Ukraine’s steady advance near Robotyne: “Ukrainian forces have likely made a significant tactical breach along a section of the current Russian defense layer in the #Robotyne area over the past several weeks, which they continue to widen.”



Shankar Narayan

He didn't care what he had or what he had left, he cared only about what he must do.