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24 November, 01:23 PM

Russia likely redeploying airborne forces from Kherson to Donbas, says UK intelligence

Russia has likely redeployed major elements of its VDV (airborne) forces to the Donetsk and Luhansk fronts in the Donbas over the last two weeks, the UK’s Defense Intelligence said in an update on Ukraine on Nov. 24.

The UK’s Ministry of Defense noted that from September to October, most of the severely weakened VDV units were dedicated to the defence of Russian-held territory west of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast.

According to the Defense Intelligence, some VDV units have likely been reinforced with mobilised reservists.

“Although these poorly trained personnel will dilute VDV’s supposedly elite capability, Russia will likely still allocate these units to sectors deemed especially important,” reads the report.

The agency emphasized that potential operational tasks for the VDV include supporting the defence of the Kreminna-Svatove area in Luhansk Oblast or reinforcing offensive operations against the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast.

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