Most combat-capable portion of Russian military eliminated by Ukraine

20 April, 02:42 PM
Ukrainian military near Bakhmut, April 10, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko/File Photo)

Ukrainian military near Bakhmut, April 10, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko/File Photo)

Ukraine has eliminated the most combat-capable portion of the Russian army, but the enemy is still dangerous, Andriy Yusov, a spokesperson for Ukrainian military intelligence, said on national television on April 20.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin eliminated his elite troops with his own hands by unleashing the full-scale war against Ukraine, Yusov noted. While Russians are still capable of planning and carrying out tactical offensive actions, strategically they are turning to defense, Yusov added.

"Their previous tasks have failed,” he stated.

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“The rascists (Russian fascists - ed.) do not have the strength to attempt [assaults] time and again, as it was after Feb. 24, 2022. However, this does not mean that the enemy is defeated or that it imposes no danger to Ukraine. No, it is not [mean that]. It has a lot of manpower, a mobilisation potential, a significant amount of equipment that can be dangerous, albeit outdated.”

Invading Russian forces are adapting to their inefficiencies and are storing missiles for mass attacks, Yusov said. He speculated that they will target logistics chains related to military supplies in an attempt to disrupt an upcoming Ukrainian counter-offensive.

In general, Russia has ceased its conducting offensive actions and has gone on the defensive everywhere in Ukraine, except for two areas. The invaders are still trying to seize Bakhmut and half-encircle Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast, military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview with NV.

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