Russia is gathering new battalions with fearsome Chechen warriors to try again to launch a new assault on Ukraine, according to a notorious Kremlin spokesman.
The bold claim was made by well-known Russian-Chechen author and propagandist German Sadulaev on his telegraph channel, who said the four new heavily armed battalions will be formed to launch offensives against Ukraine.
However, such claims of formidable new military units in the Russian army ring false against new information that Vladimir Putin’s forces are “emptied” by the scale of the losses they are suffering in Donbass and as a whole. .
British military leaders said the huge outlay of manpower and materials by the Russian army to take the city of Severodonetsk last week yielded only “tactical successes”.
“The Russian Armed Forces are becoming more and more exhausted,” the Defense Ministry’s latest intelligence update said on Tuesday.
“They are currently accepting a degraded level of combat effectiveness, which is probably unsustainable in the long term.”
Russia is gathering new battalions with fearsome Chechen warriors to try again to launch a new assault on Ukraine, according to well-known Russian-Chechen author and propagandist German Sadulaev. Pictured: Servicemen take part in a review of troops and military equipment of the Chechen Republic at the residence of Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Chechen Republic, on February 25
The Chechen unit, ‘Kadyrovtsy’ in Mariupol, poses for a group photo in front of a destroyed building. The speaker: “an order to destroy and purge Mariupol is carried out. President Putin’s order is carried out, Kadyrov’s order is carried out’
British military leaders say the huge outlay of manpower and materials by the Russian army to take the city of Severodonetsk last week yielded only ‘tactical successes’
According to generous estimates of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the number of destroyed Russian tanks to date amounts to 1,573, 3,726 armored personnel carriers, almost a thousand pieces of artillery and MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems) and 35,600 soldiers killed
Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Chechen Republic, announced the formation of four new battalions made up of young Chechens ready for a new assault on Ukraine
Generous estimates by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine put the number of Russian tanks destroyed so far at 1,573, 3,726 armored personnel carriers, almost a thousand artillery pieces and MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems) and 35,600 soldiers killed.
It took the combined efforts of central elements from six different armies to achieve the “tactical success” of capturing Severodonetsk – a price, the Defense Ministry implies, that was not worth paying.
But such sober assessments of Russian military capabilities are no obstacle to Kremlin propaganda teams optimistically dreaming up new formations with which to turn the tide against their stubborn Ukrainian enemies.
German Sadulaev, who claimed four new Chechen battalions on his Telegram channel, is a Russian-Chechen author and nationalist
“According to the staff of the [Russian] Ministry of Defense, the battalion is armed with tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, artillery, mortars,” Sadulaev wrote about the new Chechen units.
“There will be everything you need for an active frontline offense.”
Sadulaev says this new ‘Akhamt’ regiment – which will belong to the Russian Defense Ministry rather than the more lightly armed Russian Guard – is being formed in Chechnya, as the Chechen strongman personally announced Ramzan Kadyrov.
Previous Chechen regiments brought only small arms to the battlefield and were therefore tasked with clearing the occupied territories.
“They could not go to the first line of attack, their task was to clear the territories already liberated from Ukraine,” wrote the Russian propagandist. “And if they were used for the assault, then it was ‘not very good’.
“Given the high degree of motivation and psychological readiness of the Chechens for war, it is clear that these battalions will become a powerful assault weapon on the Ukrainian fronts,” Sadulaev said.
Having reduced their battlefront to thousands of kilometers across its entire eastern border with Ukraine, Russian forces are now concentrating their combined Army Southern force group around the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.
The battle for Severodonetsk, a strategically located city of 100,000 in the Luhansk region, raged for three to four weeks before Ukrainian troops finally abandoned it to the Russians after relentless heavy artillery bombardment swept it away. reduced to rubble.
Moscow is now targeting Severodonetsk’s twin city, Lysychansk, just across the Donets River.
The frequency of shelling on Lysychansk is “enormous”, the regional governor of Lugansk said on Wednesday.
Ukrainian forces around Severodonetsk withdrew from town as remaining in positions that were relentlessly shelled ‘doesn’t make sense’
A Ukrainian troop rides a tank on a road in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region on June 21, 2022, as Ukraine says Russian shelling has caused ‘catastrophic destruction’ in the eastern industrial city of Lysychansk
Severodonetsk, which was ‘reduced to ruins’ by concentrated Russian army heavy artillery bombardment, is now in enemy hands
Lysychansk ‘is constantly bombarded with large arms. Fighting continues on the outskirts of the city. The Russian army tries to attack constantly,’ Sergiy Gaiday told Ukrainian TV, later posting the video on his Telegram channel.
“Now there is a peak of fighting. The frequency of shelling is huge,” he said, adding that there were still around 15,000 civilians left in the city.
However, their evacuation “could be dangerous at the moment”, he said.
The Russians brought a large number of vehicles, a huge number of people. The shelling and attacks don’t stop,” Gaiday said.
After several weeks of fighting, during which dozens of civilians were killed, Moscow has already taken control of the neighboring city of Severodonetsk, and is now setting its sights on Lysychansk.
It is the last major city to be captured by the Russians in the Luhansk region, one of two provinces in the greater Donbass region that Moscow wants to control completely.
“Ukrainian forces continue to hold their positions around Lysychansk, where fighting is concentrated around the Lysychansk oil refinery, 10 km southwest of the city center,” the Defense Ministry wrote today. .
They said Russian forces were making only “limited progress” as they attempted to encircle the Ukrainian defenders from the north via Izium.
“It is highly likely that the ability of Ukrainian forces to continue to fight delaying battles and then withdraw troops in good order before they are surrounded will continue to be a key factor in the outcome of the campaign. “