The Russian occupiers have prepared 1,800 tanks, 3,950 armored vehicles, 2,700 artillery systems, 810 multiple rocket launchers, 400 fighter jets and 300 helicopters ready for a new offensive operation in Ukraine.
Source: Foreign Policy, quoting Ukrainian military official, speaking on condition of anonymity
Quote: “Russia has also started arming and digging for an upcoming offensive. The Ukrainian military estimates that Russia already has 1,800 tanks, 3,950 armored vehicles, 2,700 artillery systems, 810 launch systems of Soviet-era multiple rockets such as Grad and Smerch, 400 fighter jets and 300 helicopters ready for a new wave of attacks.”
Details: Ukrainian officials estimate that Russian forces inside the country have passed the 300,000 mark.
Estimates of Russia’s presence in Ukraine are significantly higher than the invasion force Russian President Vladimir Putin used to invade the country last February – and this time it is heavily concentrated in eastern Ukraine. ‘Ukraine.
The Pentagon has described Russian troops that have already been rushed to the battlefield to plug defensive holes as “ill-equipped, poorly trained, rushed”, according to a senior US military official.
The Pentagon believes the Kremlin has started sending tens of thousands of troops to replace losses suffered in ongoing battles in the towns of Bakhmut and Soledar, but Kyiv believes Putin could go even further, recruiting more new troops around the February 24 anniversary. full-scale invasion.
“It’s much bigger than what happened in the first wave,” Ukrainian military official said. “They don’t pay attention to casualties or casualties.”
“In the next 10 days we expect a new and huge invasion,” he said.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said he expects an increase in Russian operations around the next anniversary of the invasion, February 24.
Analysts and Ukrainian officials expect the brewing offensive to focus on eastern Ukraine.
US and Western officials now estimate that around 200,000 Russian troops were killed or wounded in action.
Oleksii Reznikov, Ukrainian Defense Minister, said that the country’s defense forces expect Russian offensive operations before the symbolic date of February 24, when the full-scale invasion began; however, he urged people to trust only official information.
President Volodymyr Zelensky says the Russians want to try to recover from last year’s failures in February, but Ukraine must survive.
The Financial Times, referring to an unnamed adviser to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, reported that Russia plans to launch a new large-scale offensive in the next 10 days.
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