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​U.K. Official Says russia’s Military and its Defense Industry are Failing in Ukraine

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russians prepare tank crews for the additional T-62, December 2022 / Open source photo
russians prepare tank crews for the additional T-62, December 2022 / Open source photo

russian military leaders have sacrificed military units and squandered strategic resources for small tactical gains

That is according to the UK military advisor, Ian Stubbs, who made an appropriate statement o the OSCE

"Russia is suffering extremely heavy casualty rates. Since May last year, between 20 – 30,000 Wagner and regular russian forces have been killed and wounded in the area around Bakhmut alone – a huge loss of human life for a total territorial advance of approximately just 25km. That is over 800 russian personnel killed or wounded for each kilometre gained, the vast majority of them Wagner fighters," the U.K. official stated during his speech in Vienna on March 15, The Kyiv Independent reports.

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In wake of this, Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin is finding it "increasingly difficult to resupply what he has termed the 'meat grinder in eastern Ukraine," according to Stubbs. Earlier this month, Wagner set up outreach teams based in sports centres in at least 40 locations across russia. In recent days, masked Wagner recruiters have even given career talks in Moscow high schools, distributing questionnaires entitled "application of a young warrior" to collect the contact details of interested pupils.

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Besides human losses, russia has suffered "huge heavy armoured vehicle losses," Stubbs said, adding that the country was forced to deploy 60-year-old T-62 main battle tanks onto the front line.

Since the summer of 2022, approximately 800 antiquated T-62s have been taken out from storage. More recently, russian BTR-50 armoured personnel carriers have also been deployed in Ukraine, vintage vehicles first fielded into the russian military in 1954.

Russian occupiers take BTR-50 APCs to the frontline, February 2023, Defense Express
It was recently reported that a number of ancient BTR-50 APCs were delivered to Russian forces in Ukraine. Russian occupiers take BTR-50 APCs to the frontline, February 2023 / Photo from open sources
This unit appears to be a BTR-50PU command&staff subvariant, adopted in 1958, however it is unclear for what role it will be used now / Photo credit: https://twitter.com/UAWeapons

"This all poses the obvious question, why is russia’s much vaunted new generation of military hardware absent from the battlefield? The truth is, russia’s over hyped new generation T14 Armata Main Battle Tank is proving a white elephant, barely capable of taking part in a parade let alone performing on the battlefields of Ukraine. And, the russian air force has so little confidence in the Su57 5th generation multi-role aircraft that they dare not operate it over Ukraine," the U.K. official said.

According to to the UK military advisor, russia’s military leaders have: sacrificed military units, equipment and soldiers; squandered strategic resources for small tactical gains; and doubled-down on flawed strategy and tactics in desperate attempts to save face. "Everyone can see the truth. russia’s military and its defence industry are failing in Ukraine," Ian Stubbs concluded.

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Operators of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 4 invaders, 3 more were wounded. The enemy suffered losses and abandoned the assault for the night.

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