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​The UK Defense Intelligence States That Russia has Stopped Deploying BTGs Due to ‘Intrinsic Weaknesses’

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British intelligence revealed the shortcomings of the Russian BTG in combat operations in Ukraine
British intelligence revealed the shortcomings of the Russian BTG in combat operations in Ukraine

As the latest the U.K. Defense Ministry’s Defense Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine notes, over the past three months, Russian forces have largely stopped deploying battalion tactical groups (BTGs) to Ukraine because they have demonstrated certain weaknesses during high-intensity combat

“Over the last three months, Russian forces in Ukraine have likely largely stopped deploying as Battalion Tactical Groups,” the update reads, The Kyiv Independent reports.

The UK Defense Intelligence States That Russia has Stopped Deploying BTGs Due to Intrinsic Weaknesses, Defense Express

The BTG concept has played an important role in Russian military doctrine for the past ten years and has seen battalions integrated with a full range of supporting units, including armored vehicles, reconnaissance and (in contrast to common Western practice) artillery.

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"Some internal shortcomings of the BTG concept were revealed during the high-intensity, large-scale combat operations of the war in Ukraine. The relatively small number of combat infantry allocated by the BTG often turns out to be insufficient," the update concludes.

Broken russian equipment in Ukraine, The UK Defense Intelligence States That Russia has Stopped Deploying BTGs Due to Intrinsic Weaknesses,Defense Express
Broken russian equipment in Ukraine / Photo: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

According to the UK Intelligence update, the decentralized distribution of artillery prevented Russia from fully exploiting its superiority in the number of guns. In addition, only a few BTG commanders were empowered to flexibly use capabilities as envisioned by the BTG model.

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