Wagner mercenaries with age-old tactics
Why Russians retreat to their trenches
Dragon’s teeth, shooting ranges and trenches: the new Russian strategy encompasses all of this. The mercenary force draws a line of defense in Ukraine using a World War II system. But experts doubt the efficiency of the new line.
This new line of pyramid-shaped concrete blocks stretches along the annexed areas of Donetsk and Kherson.
The Russians dig in. At the moment, high-speed BTM-3 trenchers are driving around the annexed territory of Ukraine, digging endless trenches. The goal is to mark the new line of defense. But apparently the dug line can easily be bypassed for Ukrainian troops.
The Russians fall back on an old technique in the war. The Wagner group, composed of Russian mercenaries, digs several trenches along the entire front. In Donetsk and Cherson in particular, the Russians are digging in along the defensive line. This is reminiscent of a tactic used in World War II. At that time, the Germans relied on the “Maginot Line”, the Soviets on the “Stalin” and “Molotov Lines”. The 1929 Soviet lines consisted of several bunkers along a line of defenses from the Baltic Sea to Slovakia. But this type of defense caused problems for the Red Army at the time and some of it was not operational.
The new front line is protected by large blocks consisting of pyramid-shaped concrete bollards. As the “Spiegel” reports, the line runs to the Russian city of Belgorod. Russia has repeatedly reported shelling the city in recent weeks, and Ukraine has denied all allegations.
New “state border” of the Russian Federation?
The Donbass region in particular is to be protected. The Russians are not ready to give up the successes of the summer. After Russia annexed the territories, martial law was imposed. The pyramid-shaped concrete blocks are intended to slow down Ukrainian armored vehicles should they want to cross the new front line. The new “Wagner line” is also known as the new “state border of the Russian Federation”.
Two rows of concrete “dragon teeth” adorn the new line along the contested territory in Ukraine. A number of shooting ranges will also be installed and trenches dug. As the Russian medium “FAN” reports, Russian troops entrench themselves in the trenches in order to create a deeper defense node.
Apparently, areas in Luhansk are being abandoned
Looking at the new line of defense consisting of trenches and dragon’s teeth, it seems clear: the Russians are also ready to give up areas. Because: The line runs along the river Severskyj Donets and leaves out the Luhansk region. “The configuration of the line suggests that Prigozhin is assuming the worst case and not only Svatove but also Starobelsk falls,” says the pro-Russian Telegram channel Madame Sekretar. Both cities are located in the annexed Luhansk Oblast.
Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin (61) said the line was a new strategy. Prigozhin is silent about the exact length and other details. As the online portal Meduza writes, the line can be broken very easily. In addition, some concrete dragon’s teeth are not particularly well attached. This begs the question of how efficient the “Wagner line” really is and whether the Russians really can’t have a better strategy than resorting to a WWII method. (jwg)