Russia sending newly-mobilized troops to southern Ukraine, says operational command

2 October, 03:35 PM
Russia is already pulling the mobilized to the south of Ukraine (Photo:Command of the Airborne Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

Russia is already pulling the mobilized to the south of Ukraine (Photo:Command of the Airborne Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

Russia is attempting to send recently mobilized soldiers to southern Ukraine, but is having difficulties in doing so, Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian military’s South Operational Command told Ukrainian television broadcaster Channel 24 on Oct. 2.

According to Humeniuk, the Ukrainian side is keeping all transport arteries in the region under its fire control. And although the Russians are trying to repair them or use alternative means, such as boats, barges, ferries, pontoons, in fact, they are unable to properly supply their forces.

She said the invaders cannot provide their units with even the most basic things, i.e. drinking water, body armor or ammunition.

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Under such circumstances, the Russian military has neither the strength, nor the reserves, nor the motivation to conduct offensive actions, she said.

“However, the concentration of forces on the right bank (of the Dnipro River) is still quite powerful and large,” Humeniuk said.

“They’re carrying out maneuvers with these forces, depending on the areas in which our troops are taking active measures. That’s why we once again emphasize the need to observe informational silence so as not to inform the enemy about our intentions and the implementation of our plans.”

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin early on Sept. 21 declared a partial mobilization in Russia and his readiness to use nuclear weapons in the event of a “threat to the territorial integrity” of Russia.

Later Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the partial mobilization.

However, according to Russian opposition media, classified mobilization plans envisage sending one million Russians or more to war against Ukraine.

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