|My initial moves as the Russian forces already plotted (yellow lines), I will secure that central campground before the Ukrainians get a foothold on it.
Given the terrain layout, getting into real cover (the mid campground) instead of just interdicting the enemy from the concealment of the forest patches appears to be a risk worth taking.
|Yeah, I have to admit it: dashing forward may have been too risky. But I could not afford letting the Ukrainian forces to gain a foothold on the middle campground.
|As soon as my IFVs got on the edges of the campground, contact was established. An Ukrainian vehicle (blue icon, background) gets it.
|Disembark! Note how my orders for the squad include the "hide" command. With enemy IFVs lurking around, the least I want is my infantry making themselves a juicy target.
|I didn't use smoke either for the dismounting of my troops. I know the Ukrainians are on the move and I want them targeted without interruption.
|This was very unfortunate. One of my BMPs in our left flank got trashed by an Ukrainian IFV (BMP-2?). I was a bit careless not assigning this vehicle a suitable field of fire.
|I took the orphan (i.e. vehicle-less from the last IFV loss) squad and took it for trip along the right flank. Under the watch of an IFV, their move was not threatened by anybody.
|And soon I moved another IFV in support. The Ukraine forces (blue icons) are in solid control of the left flank built up area.
|And from there, I let my IFVs loose in a hook movement from our right flank.
|But the second IFV withdrawal didn't stop me from sending the first one, conspicuously threading on the road and dispatching two enemy BMPs.
|Our response was devastating. Our cannon rounds were merciless.
|The enemy was hiding and seemingly firing rockets from every window and balcony.
|It was time to put boots on those buildings. In this screenshot, a dismounted assault with IFV fire support from our left flank. These were troops I kept in reserve near the deployment area.
|A similar dismounted assault from our right flank was met with enemy resistance. But the enemy control of this built up area had summarily ended.
|By this time, the enemy was showing a lack of will to fight. A couple of enemy survivors showed their hands up.
And then the battle ended with a total victory for our side. I wish I had been more careful with my IFVs, but this is a victory I can live with.
|The troops' positions at the end of battle.