I don't like repeating myself day after day, but I would counsel PATIENCE to those wringing their hands over Russian losses in Kharkov and Limon. Patience and an adding machine although only God and the Russian military can accurately tot up the number of Ukranian troops killed in their takeover of territory the Russians had already as much ceded.
In any case the Ukranian casualties in those onslaughts across open land have been described as "massive." It was like shooting fish in a barrel for Russian missiles and artillery. I've seen estimates as high as 10,000 dead within a week, and that's not including seriously wounded. Russian casualties (KIA and wounded) at the most a couple hundred.
As to the claim by some Western sources that Limon is strategically important -- only to the White House. They've GOT to show before the November midterm elections in the USA that the Ukranian military is making good use of the billions in American military aid.
In this the White House is ignoring the Russian war plan, which cedes territory their military longer needs for the next phase of their operations Ukraine.
Would they have made these concessions if they had gone into Ukraine with more troops? Yes, they would have done the same -- although a faction in the Russian public doesn't want to hear this.
What these Russians need to keep in mind is the stated goals of the SMO and the fact that the life of each and every Russian soldier is very important to Russia's war planners. The lives of Ukranian soldiers are worth nothing to NATO and Ukranian war planners and their political supporters in the West. This has been repeatedly and gruesomely demonstrated.