Russian forces are concentrating in the south in anticipation of a Ukrainian counterattack or in preparation for a possible offensive. Long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks, towed artillery and other weapons continue to move away from the Ukrainian Donbas and head southwest. The U.K. Ministry of Defense reported this on Twitter.
"Russia's war with Ukraine is about to enter a new phase when the fiercest fighting moves to a front line of some 350 kilometers stretching southwest from Zaporizhzhia to Kherson parallel to the Dnieper River," the report said.
According to British intelligence, there is information about the movement of equipment from Russian-occupied Melitopol, Berdyansk, Mariupol and from mainland Russia across the Kerch Bridge to Crimea.
Battalion and tactical groups (BTGs), numbering between 800 and 1,000 troops, were moved to Crimea and will almost certainly be used to support Russian forces in the Kherson region. In addition, a new BTG was redeployed to Crimea on August 2, and BTGs from the Eastern Group of Forces are also being redeployed. Most likely, in the next few days they will be sent to the Kherson region, according to the British Defense Ministry.
According to British intelligence, Ukrainian forces are concentrating their strikes on bridges, ammunition depots and railroad tracks, which are increasingly being targeted in the southern regions of Ukraine. Targets include the strategically important rail line that links Kherson to Russian-occupied Crimea to try to influence Russia's ability to resupply.