Russia suffering ‘extraordinary’ losses in Donbas and building up reserves, says UK intelligence

22 June, 01:31 PM
Russia's losses indicate the depletion of its forces in the Donbass, said the British Defense Ministry (Photo:REUTERS/Julia Kochetova)

Russia's losses indicate the depletion of its forces in the Donbass, said the British Defense Ministry (Photo:REUTERS/Julia Kochetova)

Russia is most likely getting ready to deploy a large number of additional troops to the Donbas, the UK Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence assessment on June 22.

The ministry noted that while Russia hasn’t published casualty figures since March 25, its proxy puppet Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) recently said it lost 2,128 troops killed, and 8,897 wounded.

“The DPR casualty rate is equivalent to around 55% of its original force, which highlights extraordinary attrition Russian and pro-Russian forces are suffering in Donbas,” the message reads.

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According to the assessment, it’s highly likely that DPR troops are using obsolete equipment and armaments.

“On both sides, the ability to generate and deploy reserve units to the front is likely becoming increasingly critical to the outcome of the war,” the ministry said.

Ukrainian General Staff figures currently put total Russian personnel losses in the war at around 34,230.

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