Russia was ‘forced to merge depleted units into new battalions in Ukraine after up to 25,000 troops were killed in a failed advance on kyiv’, says UK
- Russian forces merged troop units to avoid after failed attacks in Ukraine
- Some of its military units are exhausted from the repeated failures of war
- He tries to concentrate his power in the east to shorten supply lines
Russia has been forced to merge and redeploy depleted and disparate units following failed advances in northeastern Ukraine, a British military update said on Saturday.
“Gaps remain in Russian tactical coordination. A lack of unit-level skills and inconsistent air support have prevented Russia from taking full advantage of its combat mass, despite localized improvements,’ the military tweeted.
“Russia hopes to rectify the problems that previously limited its invasion by geographically concentrating combat power, shortening supply lines and simplifying command and control,” he said.
A photo taken during a visit to Mariupol organized by the Russian army shows Russian servicemen guarding the territory of the cargo seaport in Mariupol. Russia has been forced to merge and redeploy depleted and disparate units following failed advances in northeast Ukraine
An aerial view of the damaged area after Russian attacks in the village of Moshchun in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine on April 29
A fuel depot in Russian-held Donetsk caught fire today in what is widely seen as another Ukrainian counterattack to cut off supply lines
The news comes as Russia is believed to have suffered colossal losses in the war in the east, although Ukraine has also admitted to suffering heavy casualties.
Ukraine continues to carry out attacks behind Russian lines to cut off vital supply routes, with a fuel dump in the Donetsk region catching fire today.
kyiv has not admitted carrying out any of the attacks – which also hit railway bridges and ammunition dumps – but are widely believed to have orchestrated them.
Russia sends troops into the Battle of Donbass in an effort to force a bloody victory after being defeated in its original goal of storming kyiv, overthrowing the government, and installing a puppet regime loyal to Moscow.
When it became apparent that they did not have enough forces to take the capital, the Russian generals withdrew their units, patched them up as best they could, and then sent them back to fight in Donbass.
Poland has sent more than 200 Soviet-era T-72 main battle tanks (file image) to Ukraine as part of a $1.6 billion military aid package as the fighting escalates intensify
Fighters from the Chechen special forces unit, led by Russian State Duma member Adam Delimkhanov, march near the administrative building of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works. Russia has yet to take the military base due to the heavy casualties involved in the fighting
They also adapted their tactics – ditching precision missile strikes and rapid advances that saw them crippled around kyiv in favor of slow advances behind walls of covering artillery in tactics similar to the trench warfare of World War I.
The approach met with mixed success. Ukraine acknowledged losing control of some towns and villages, but made gains elsewhere in counterattacks.
Heavier weapon supplies, including tanks, artillery guns, precision munitions and anti-aircraft weapons, are designed to aid in these attacks while ensuring that the Ukrainians can destroy as much Russian equipment as possible in the process.
Oleksiy Arestovych, a Ukrainian secret service veteran turned presidential adviser, acknowledged that his army suffered “serious losses” in the eastern battlefields, but insisted that Russia’s losses were “well, much worse.”