British Ministry of Defense: Russian troops are exhausted

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 21, 2023, the issue is the failure to rotate combat units.

According to a British assessment, Russian troops in Ukraine are suffering from inadequate recovery time, as the German news website reports. On the anniversary of Russia’s partial mobilization, the British Ministry of Defense stressed that the lack of rotation of combat units was one of the main reasons for the low morale of Russian soldiers. It also affects the Russian army’s ability to adequately train its troops.

It was pointed out in London that the lack of such training most likely contributes to the challenges Russia faces in successfully implementing complex offensive operations. The ministry was referring to remarks made by former General Andrei Kartapolov, chairman of the defense committee in the Russian parliament. Kartapolov had stressed that mobilized soldiers would be required to serve throughout the “special military operation,” as the war against Ukraine is known in Russia. Moreover, he said, it is not possible to rotate personnel out of the combat zone. This, he said, is seen by the British ministry as a reaffirmation of the difficult situation on the front lines.

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