As clashes continue in southern Ukraine, where Russian forces have withdrawn from the city of Kherson, the Russian army has built large barriers to slow the progress of Ukrainian forces in the main positions they are defending, including around the devastated city of Mariupol. .
British intelligence confirmed two days ago that the Russians used two factories in Mariupol (south), which are part of the “land bridge” connecting the Russian mainland with Crimea, to produce a large number of “dragon tusks.” “.
So what are those fangs?
These “fangs” are made up of pyramid blocks of concrete designed to slow the advancement of military vehicles.
The main objective is to slow down the tanks first, directing them to “liquidation” areas where they can be easily targeted by anti-tank weapons.
It was first used during World War II by many European armies to prevent the movement of tanks and infantry.
mine between the teeth
The Germans erected it extensively on the Siegfried Line and on the Atlantic Wall.
It was also used by British forces, between 1940 and 1941, to repel any possible German advance.
Landmines were often placed between the teeth, as was barbed wire to prevent pedestrians
So, from Mariupol and Nikolsk, to Zaporizhia and Kherson, the Russians are adopting this method to strengthen their defenses in depth behind the front line, which is likely to prevent any rapid Ukrainian advance in case of discoveries.
Satellite images from October 29 to November 4 showed defensive dragon-tooth lines in Kakhovka, 43 miles (70 km) east of Kherson, Hola Prestan, 5 miles southwest of Kherson, as well as Ivanivka, 37 miles southwest of Kherson, all located on the east bank of the Dnieper River.
These moves come in amid the Ukrainian expectation for the next step that Moscow will take in Kherson, amid doubts about its intention to deceive the Ukrainian army to pounce on it.
However, a number of experts confirmed that the Russians had had problems in southern Ukraine, skeptical of Russia’s ability to maintain its forces on the western bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson, where it came under pressure from Ukrainian attacks on the roads. refueling.
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