Russia seeks to ramp up offensive near Izyum, says UK intelligence

27 June, 04:07 PM
The Ukrainian military effectively holds the defense in the Izyum direction (Photo:REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado)

The Ukrainian military effectively holds the defense in the Izyum direction (Photo:REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado)

Russian troops are attempting to intensify their offensive near the eastern Kharkiv Oblast town of Izyum, the UK Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence update on Twitter on June 27.

“While Russia’s main operational focus remains the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk pocket, a week of consistently heavy shelling suggests Russia is now trying to regain momentum on the northern Izyum axis,” the ministry said.

According to the assessment, Ukraine still holds the line in that area, using woodland terrain to its advantage.

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The message also suggests that Russia will be increasingly relying on its reserve forces in coming weeks.

“Russia’s Combat Army Reserve is a recent innovation of part-time but volunteer reservists, which deploy as whole units, typically ear-marked for rear area security tasks,” the message said.

“The Human Mobilization Resource is the sizeable pool of all veterans who have served in the regular military in the last five years. Russian authorities are likely using volunteers from this category to fill out the third battalions within regular brigades.”

Despite struggling with personnel shortages, UK intelligence said that Russian leadership remains reluctant to order a general mobilization.

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