Russian invaders changing frontline tactics, says top Ukrainian commander

25 April, 04:23 PM
Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the eastern group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (

Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the eastern group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (

Russia’s invading forces are analyzing the results of their actions, drawing conclusions, and improving their frontline tactics, Ukrainian Ground Forces’ commander Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi told Interfax-Ukraine on April 25.

The Russians have formed separate storm assault units designed to restore lost positions, Syrskyi said. Each motorized rifle company brigade (regiment) is reinforced by tank, flamethrower, mortar, and anti-tank units.

“To create favorable conditions for conducting assault operations, the enemy actively uses tank and artillery units (including from closed firing positions) to inflict heavy fire damage on our troops, destroys the positions, then has its assault units go on the offensive,” Syrskyi said.

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The invaders always use UAVs during assault operations to help enemy troops adjust artillery fire, while the group commander manages subordinate personnel.

In urban conditions, Russian troops use long-term artillery barrages to attack the target, said Syrskyi.

A group of up to 10 people with small arms usually storms the target. At the same time, combat equipment is rarely used. The offensive takes place in three or four waves and the assault group’s losses are promptly reinforced by an evacuation group from distribution points.

“Commanders of assault groups use smartphones equipped with special Alpine Quest GPS software that shows the coordinates of our firing positions, the targets to attack, advance routes to them, and the assignments of neighboring units,” the general said.

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