Footage by @bradyafr, @COUPSURE and @Tatarigami_UA confirms at least 21 (!) destroyed/damaged 🇷🇺 helicopters after the first use of ATACMS delivered by US. This is the probably the biggest blow to the Russian Air Force since the beginning of the war.
GeoConfirmed UKR [CO] - Ukrainian VEHICLES also BREACHED the 1st SUROVIKIN LINE.
Based on GeoLocated footage (by @moklasen, @Tatarigami_UA and @DefMon3 )
As expected the first footage of Ukrainian vehicles past the Surovikin line emerged. (Behind the trenchsystem protecting the 1st Surovikin line)
On the footage in tweet 2/X (by @moklasen) you see the vehicles (from 82nd Air Assault Brigade) crossing the trench system.
A Breach is a very complex operation.
This Russian defensive line consisted of an Anti-Tank ditch, dragons teeth and a trench system with direct fire on the previous two. All covered by artillery.
First recon elements went in, breached, and made a foothold in the trenchsystem. Followed by infantry units to clear the trenches and widen the gap of enemy direct fire on the breach. (Visible in timelapse on or map, see the infantry arrows)
The treelines are full of trenches and defensive positions that need to be cleared before vehicles can come closer.
It is a difficult balance between having direct fire support from armored vehicles and enough standoff from enemy anti-tank weapons, all while being in artillery range.
It seems that the Ukrainian Army succeeded in one of the most complex operations in recent history of conventional warfare by breaching a three-layered defense system without air superiority and within artillery range.
@moklasen @Tatarigami_UA @DefMon3 Here you see armored vehicles (82nd Air Assault Brigade) crossing the trench system.
"Marder and Stryker assault west of Verbove behind the main line."