The Genius of Ukraine’s Counter-Offensive: A Double Pincer Movement on the Russian Forces

Christian Baghai
2 min readNov 25, 2023

The war between Ukraine and Russia has been raging for more than four months, but Ukraine may have just achieved a major breakthrough in its counter-offensive. According to reports, Ukrainian forces have gained a foothold on the eastern bank of the Dnipro river, the natural barrier that separates the two countries. This could allow them to transfer vital equipment and troops across the river and put them a step closer to breaking through to Crimea, the peninsula illegally annexed by Russia in 2014.

How did they do it? Well, it seems that Ukraine used a clever strategy of throwing a double lasso at the Russian forces. On one side, they conducted several raids in small boats across the Dnipro, taking advantage of the Russian lack of air superiority. On the other side, they launched a surprise attack from the south, capturing the village of Krynky, about 30 km from the city of Kherson. This created a pincer movement that trapped hundreds of Russian soldiers in a “fiery hell”, as the Russian-installed official in charge of the occupied areas of the Kherson region put it.

The success of this operation was confirmed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak, who said that Ukrainian forces had established “several bridgeheads” on the eastern…