The United States has seen indications that Russia is seeking to recruit “more than 60,000 troops” between new conscripts and mobilizing reservists to bolster its invading forces, according to a senior US defense official.
The official warned that “it remains to be seen” how successful Russia will be in achieving this goal, how much training these forces will receive or where they will be sent.
The official also said the United States failed to see that there were “new, fully trained, fully armed reinforcements” ready to bolster the depleted Russian battalion battle groups.
As for their current capability, Russia is now “below 85% of its assessed available combat power” that Moscow had amassed before invading Ukraine in February, a senior US official said on Friday. defense during a briefing with journalists.
“From the assessed available combat power they had at their disposal before the invasion that they had deployed against Ukraine for this purpose, from the assessed total combat power they had, we estimate that they represent between 80 and 85 percent of what they had,” said the official who takes into account a variety of factors such as the number of tanks, fighter jets, missile inventory, as well as troops.
The official did not put a specific figure on the total number of Russian soldiers who have been killed so far in the Ukrainian operation.
“The aggregate tells us that they are within 85% of their rated available combat power when they started this invasion,” the official said.
The United States also believes the Russian military failed to address “their logistics and support issues,” including issues that existed outside of Ukraine, according to a senior US defense official.
The official said these problems mean they are unlikely to be able to build up their forces in eastern Ukraine “with great speed”.
“We don’t think in general it’s going to be a quick process for them, given the kind of casualties they’ve taken and the kind of damage they’ve taken to the readiness of their units.” , the official said.