Russian airborne forces withdrawn from Kherson deployed to Kreminna, UK intelligence says

12 January, 12:50 PM
The Russian Federation redeployed its paratroopers to Donbas (Photo:Sergey Pivovarov/File Photo/Reuters)

The Russian Federation redeployed its paratroopers to Donbas (Photo:Sergey Pivovarov/File Photo/Reuters)

Russia has redeployed airborne forces withdrawn from the city of Kherson in November to the town of Kreminna, in Luhansk Oblast, the UK’s Defense Intelligence wrote on Twitter on Jan. 12.

“Since the start of January 2023, Russia has almost certainly allocated elements of the 76th Guards Air Landing Division of the VDV (airborne forces) to reinforce the Kreminna front line, after assessing the sector was significantly vulnerable,” the department said in its daily summary.

UK intelligence said that until November 2022, Russia committed almost the whole of the deployable VDV as long-term, ground-holding troops along the front line in the Kherson area.

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“Now redeployed to the Donbas and southern Ukraine, commanders are likely attempting to employ the VDV more in line with their supposed doctrinal role as a relatively elite rapid reaction force,” the report says.

The agency reiterated that over the last two days, heavy fighting has continued both around the town of Soledar, Donetsk Oblast, and on the approaches to Kreminna, Luhansk Oblast.

Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Hayday said on Jan. 6 that Ukrainian forces are advancing in the direction of Svatove — Kreminna, but the situation is complicated by the fact that the territory is heavily mined by the Russian invaders.

U.S. newspaper the New York Times said in a report on Dec. 27 that retaking Kreminna and other towns nearby would expand the Ukrainians’ foothold in the region and give them control of major roads leading to Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.

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