British Ministry of Defense: New Russian army to strengthen overstretched line

Every day since the escalation of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine in February 2022, the British Ministry of Defense publishes its assessment of the situation in the conflict. On September 27, 2023, it is about Russia’s new army in Ukraine.

Via the Network X the British Ministry of Defense writes: “Since mid-September 2023, Russia has most likely deployed elements of its new 25th Combined Arms Army (25 CAA) for the first time. The formation moved into Ukraine beginning in late August 2023. Units from two maneuver components of the 25 CAA, the 67th Motor Rifle Division and the 164th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade, are reportedly fighting on the front lines in a sector west of Severodonetsk and Kreminna, along the border between Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.

London continues: “Since the beginning of the invasion, Russia has rarely maintained an uncommitted force grouping the size of an army that could potentially form the basis for a major new offensive thrust. With 25 CAAs apparently being deployed piecemeal to reinforce the overstretched line, a concerted new Russian offensive in the coming weeks is less likely.”

Image:, Vladimir Putin in Ryazan Oblast (2022-10-20) 06, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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