Russian commanders are sending tens of thousands of ill-equipped and poorly-trained troops to assault Ukrainian defenses at Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, Foreign Policy reporter Jack Detsch said in a Twitter post on Jan. 23, citing a senior Pentagon official.
“Russia is sending in tens of thousands of mobilized replacement troops to strengthen positions the Ukraine weakened by fighting in Bakhmut,” Detsch wrote.
He added that, according to U.S. assessments, these troops are “ill-equipped, ill-trained, and rushed to the battlefield.”
Bakhmut remains on the major flashpoints across the entire front line in Ukraine, with Russian forces seemingly determined to capture the city. Bakhmut’s pre-war population was 73,000 people.
Ukraine’s General Staff reports the Russian invasion force has suffered 121,480 in casualties, since Feb. 24, 2022.