Military explains effect of liberation of Robotyne in southern Ukraine

Ukrainian military in Robotyne
Ukrainian military in Robotyne

The liberation of Robotyne has, among other things, put psychological pressure on the enemy, Natalia Humeniuk, the spokeswoman for the Southern Ukrainian Defense Forces, said on Ukrainian national television on Aug. 29.

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Asked about the importance of liberating Robotyne in southern Ukraine, Humeniuk said that the de-occupation of any settlement wass important.

"The very advancement of the Defense Forces puts very strong psychological pressure on the enemy, and in a hybrid war, it’s also a weapon," she said.

The liberation of any settlement represents an opportunity to gain a foothold and build additional defense lines around so as not to be driven out of it and to target the enemy's further defense more firmly and accurately, Humeniuk said.

Robotyne is a village in Zaporizhzhya Oblast that was occupied by Russians in March 2022. It is located on the road from Orikhiv to the occupied Tokmak, which is dubbed the logistics hub of the Russian army. Tokmak is about 20 kilometers from Robotyne, while the city of Melitopol is located about 50 kilometers further still.

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Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar confirmed the liberation of Robotyne village in Zaporizhzhya Oblast by the Ukrainian military on Aug. 28.

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated on Aug. 22 that the Ukrainian units had entered Robotyne, Zaporizhzhya Oblast, and the next day planted a blue and yellow flag there.

The liberation of Urozhayne was confirmed on Aug. 16. In total, Ukraine’s Defense Forces recaptured nine settlements in the south and east of Ukraine in June, along with the village of Staromayorske in July.

The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War reported on Aug. 27 that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are now likely to advance through the most difficult section of the Russian defensive positions and are approaching the next line.

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