As the confrontations continue in southern Ukraine, where Russian forces withdrew from the city of Kherson, the Russian army has built large barriers in order to slow the progress of Ukrainian forces in the main positions they are defending, including around the devastated city of Mariupol.
It confirmed British intelligence Two days ago, the Russians used two factories in Mariupol (south), which are part of the “land bridge” connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimea, in order to produce large numbers of “dragon tusks”.
So what are those fangs?
Those “fangs” consisted of pyramidal concrete blocks designed to slow the progress of military vehicles.
The main objective is to slow the tanks down 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 impede the movement of tanks and infantry.
mines between the teeth
The Germans erected it extensively on the Siegfried Line and the Atlantic Wall.
It was also used by British forces, between 1940-1941, to repel any possible advance by the Germans.
Landmines were often placed between the teeth, as well as barbed wire to impede pedestrians
Kherson location on the map (figurative from Aistock)
So from Mariupol and Nikolsk, to Zaporizhia and Kherson, the Russians are adopting this method of bolstering their defenses deep behind the front line, which is likely to prevent any rapid Ukrainian advance in the event of breakthroughs.
Satellite imagery from October 29 to November 4 showed streaks of defensive dragon teeth at Kakhovka, 43 miles (70 km) east of Kherson, at Hola Prestan, 5 miles southwest of Kherson, and at Ivanivka, 37 miles southwest Kherson, all located on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River.
These moves come amid Ukrainian anticipation for the next step that Moscow will take in Kherson, amid doubts about its intention to deceive the Ukrainian army in order to pounce on it.
However, a number of experts confirmed that the Russians had become in trouble in southern Ukraine, skeptical of Russia’s ability to maintain its forces on the western bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson, where it faced pressure due to Ukrainian strikes on resupply roads.