Today, September 21, 2023, is the anniversary of russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the 2022 “partial mobilzation” which saw around 300,000 russian reservists called up to serve in Ukraine, the UK Defense Intelligence reports.
On September 15, 2023, russian State Duma Defense Committee Chair and former general Andrei Kartapolov reiterated that mobilized personnel were obliged to serve for the duration of the war. In a new admission of the stark situation at the front, he also said that it was not possible for personnel to be rotated out of the operational zone during their service.
The absence of regular unit rotations out of combat duty is highly likely one of the most important factors contributing to low russian morale, and the russian Army’s failure to conduct higher-level training since the full-scale invasion. The lack of such training is highly likely contributing to russia’s difficulties in conducting successful complex offensive operations.
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