The operation was developed difficult. The enemy met the advancing organized fire. Fighting immediately took stubborn, especially in localities where stone structures predominated. The attack bore the character of a slow "gnawing" Defense fiercely resisting enemy. Began snowmelt, soil was rough even for tracked vehicles. This forced the Soviet troops operate mainly along the roads, reducing the maneuverability of armored formations. On the extreme left flank of the 59th and 60th Army themselves with difficulty repulsed counterattacks and could not escape from the bridgehead. 10 February Konev ordered the generals Korovnikov Kurochkin and go on the defensive.