Russian forces increase attacks on Ukrainian building equipment along frontline, says military expert

Construction of defense structures in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, March 2024
Construction of defense structures in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, March 2024

Russians are now actively attacking Ukrainian construction equipment on the front, said military expert Serhii Beskrestnov with call sign "Flash" on an interviev with Radio NV on April 25.

“Right now, Russians are actively attacking Ukrainian construction equipment," Beskrestnov said.

"They realize that we are on defensive, and all our equipment is being used to build defense lines. Therefore, strange as it may sound, for example, excavators and bulldozers are no less important to them than tanks."

According to military expert, occupiers track where Ukrainian construction equipment is headed, calculating moments when it accumulates and destroys it.

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Construction of defense structures in Ukraine

Cabinet of Ministers allocated a record-breaking UAH 17 billion ($428 million) for construction of fortifications on Jan. 19.

Defense Ministry showed fortifications built in Zaporizhzhya and Sumy oblasts on March 7.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that three lines of fortifications are being built in Ukraine, totaling 2.000 kilometers on March 11.

Head of Local Military Administration, Oleksandr Koval, showed construction of fortifications in Rivne Oblast on border with Belarus on March 13.

Head of Chernihiv Oblast Military Administration, Vyacheslav Chaus, showed a photo of fortifications near the state border on March 14.

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On March 30, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Military Administration, Serhiy Lysak, reported on construction of defensive structures in oblast. According to him, 42 km of anti-tank ditches were dug in the region and 11,000 dragon teeth were installed.

On April 5, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine allocated an additional UAH 5.6 billion ($141 million) for construction of defense structures in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, Mykolaiv, and Kherson oblast. According to him, UAH 20 billion ($503 millon) already been allocated for construction of fortifications in 2024.

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