Russia has lost a THIRD of its ground forces in Ukraine invasion says UK intelligence as huge tank graveyard revealed
RUSSIA has lost a third of its ground forces in Ukraine, an assessment by UK intelligence claims as a huge tank graveyard is revealed.
British military intelligence claimed that Russia’s offensive in Donbas had fallen “significantly behind schedule” and was unlikely to make any rapid gains in the coming 30 days.
“Russia has now likely suffered losses of one third of the ground combat force it committed in February,” the May 15 assessment by UK Defence Intelligence read.
“Russia’s Donbas offensive has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule.
“Despite small-scale initial advances, Russia has failed to achieve substantial territorial gains over the past month whilst sustaining consistently high level of attrition.”
The briefing explained that Mad Vlad‘s forces have lost vital military kit like bridging equipment and reconnaissance drones, leaving them extremely vulnerable to attack.
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“Russian forces are increasingly constrained by degraded enabling capabilities, continued low morale and reduced combat effectiveness,” the report went on.
“Under the current conditions, Russia is unlikely to dramatically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days.”
It comes as damning footage has revealed a mass tank graveyard in Chernihiv region.
The clip, shared by Ukrainian adviser Anton Gerashchenko, showed an abandoned railway station packed with burnt out Russian “Z” tanks and armoured vehicles.
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Turrets, armoured plates and engines littered the railway station field, showcasing the true extent of Russia’s devastating losses in Ukraine.
There were also piles of rubbish, washing machines, a kid’s bikes and a sack of onions spotted among the stolen loot left behind the Russians.
It comes as Russia lost 73 vehicles while attempting to across a river in eastern Ukraine three times.
Two battalions are said to have been wiped out after the suicidal mission to rescue comrades and kit that got stranded on the wrong side of the Donets River in the first disastrous assault.
Hundreds of Russian vehicles and men were reportedly trapped after their attempt to cross the waterway on May 8 failed in spectacular fashion when their pontoon bridges were blown apart by Ukrainian artillery.
More than 50 vehicles are estimated to have been destroyed and 1,000 troops lost in the surprise counterattack by Ukrainian troops, who correctly guessed the exact place the enemy would cross.
Their second and third missions also apparently ended in costly failure, with fresh satellite images showing another sunken pontoon bridge and half a dozen abandoned military vehicles.
In total, Russia lost more than 70 tanks, trucks and armoured cars in four days of attempts to cross the river, according to Ukrainian investigative site InformNapalm.
It comes as Russian forces were forced out of the eastern city of Kharhiv and its surrounding villages.
In response, Russia pummelled positions in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, its defence ministry said, as it sought to encircle Ukrainian forces in the battle for Donbas and fend off a counteroffensive around the strategic Russian-controlled city of Izium.
Russia said on Sunday it struck command centres and arsenals with missiles. These reports were not able to be independently verified.
Izium straddles the Donets river, about 120 km (75 miles) from Kharkiv on the main highway heading southeast.
If Ukraine can sustain pressure on Izium and Russian supply lines, that will make it harder for Moscow to encircle battle-hardened Ukrainian troops on the eastern front in the Donbas.
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“The hottest spot remains the Izium direction,” Ukrainian regional governor Oleh Sinegubov said in comments aired on social media.
“Our armed forces have switched to a counteroffensive there. The enemy is retreating on some fronts.”
Published on : May 16, 2022 at 9:06 AM