Russian forces, after retreating from the right bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region, are being re-strengthened; some of them will probably remain in the south, some may be transferred to Bakhmut.
This is stated in the review of the British Ministry of Defense on the war in Ukraine for November 18.
After the retreat from the right bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region, it notes, Russian troops are primarily engaged in understaffing, regrouping and preparing defensive lines in most sectors along the entire front line in Ukraine.
“The units built new trench systems near the administrative border with Crimea and near the Seversky Donets between the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Some of these places are located 60 km inland from the current front line, which may indicate the preparations of the Russian command in the event of a new significant breakthrough of the front line by the Ukrainians,” British intelligence officers believe.
“It is likely that the Russian Federation will try to transfer part of the forces that came out from under Kherson to strengthen and expand offensive operations near Bakhmut,” the review notes.