How Russia Prepared for Ukraine’s Counteroffensive | WSJ

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As Ukraine prepares to launch its much anticipated counteroffensive on Russian forces, satellite images and videos show how Moscow has been strengthening its defense lines. British intelligence says Russia has built some of the most extensive defenses anywhere in the world with their anti-tank ditches, Dragon’s teeth and trenches.

WSJ looks at the effectiveness of the Russian defenses to understand what Ukrainian troops could face in their offensive.

0:00 Satellite images of defense
0:52 Digging defensive lines
1:27 Defensive lines, explained
2:38 Effectiveness of defense

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The Wagner Group has become the face of the Russian assault in Ukraine.

wsj
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5 months later we can say Western experts should quit experting 😂

alexkon
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3 months later I think we can safely say that Russia's defences worked very well. So well indeed that Ukranian forces haven't even been able to reach the first line.

WolvesValleyFarm
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6 months later, those defenses proved to be very effective. Those journalist are first class analysts !

olivierstas
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"Experts say these defenses don't necessarily pose a major threat to Ukrainians". Well, that didn't age well.

therealNSB
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I think Ukraine and Russia are missing out on a lot of war experts present in the comments below:

centraldowifi
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5 months later, i guess we can say the defensive lines are effective.

incrediblyintelligentman
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So weird to watch this 5 months later after Ukraine wasted so much blood for nothing.

normiedeathsquad
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While the West is learning russian maps, Russia is changing the landscape.

psillocyber
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Three weeks later - even the anti-tank trenches weren't reached

Yngvarr
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and after 3 months we see that Russians defence is working....and all military expert has to resign

msresu
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The Russian defensive lines are mythical...because they never reached them

dataman
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UKRAINE: But the Russians have anti-tank systems with a range of 10km.
NATO: Great, here are your tanks!

VVV
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well those western experts were wrong, these defences are good

alexeygermakov
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Bonjour.
Well, after six months, it is fair to say that the Russians were right and knew what they were doing. Building strong defensive lines as they did against the Germans in the Kursk battle in 1943 (at least, the Germans managed to reach the third line but they were exhausted by the toughness of the battles and the thickness of the lines) and, meanwhile, the factories were creating weapons and the militaries upgrading their weapons.
Never underestimate Russia.

darthtleilaxu
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Who is watching 5 months later for a quick laughter 😅

athousandbrains
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It appears the measures taken to create a defensive line have been effective.

mikea
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6 months later and western analysts can say we need to learn from the Russians their defense strategy Worked !!!!

vijaym
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I guess we know how effective the defense lines now.

PUMPADOUR
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And after nearly two months of the Ukrainian offensive they haven't even reached the 1st defense line.

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