Pentagon sees no signs of new Russian offensive — RFE/RL

19 January, 06:29 PM
Pentagon sees no signs of new Russian offensive (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Pentagon sees no signs of new Russian offensive (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

There are no signs that Russia is preparing a new large-scale offensive in Ukraine, Colonel Dave Butler, a representative of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Jan. 19.

He explained that no new Russian offensive groups have been created recently.

"So far, we have not seen the capabilities of the Russian military (for an offensive) on the front line,” Butler said.

“Russian troops have spread from Kharkiv to Kherson. Now I personally do not see a major Russian offensive coming. But we will continue to monitor.”

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He said the mercenaries of the Wagner company, which the Kremlin regime is continuing to actively use on the Bakhmut section of the front despite them suffering huge losses, are not capable of significantly changing the situation.

"We have seen how Wagner Group uses prisoners and conscripts, sending them forward,” Butler stated.

“(They are) what we call cannon fodder, destined for slaughter. Simply hundreds of people were killed because they were sent there with little protection. And then Wagner's regular forces come in and look for vulnerabilities in the Ukrainian lines... But Wagner's forces are not enough to (cover the entire) battlefield and around.”

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