Russian personnel losses in Ukraine have reached 300,000, say the authorities in Kiev. The Institute for War Studies reports that in the attacks near Avdiivka, the Russians use “Storm-Z” infantry assault units, a unit composed of, among others, of former prisoners who suffer significant losses in combat. ISW experts also note that Ukrainian troops have recently made progress near Bakhmut and the Zaporizhia Oblast.
Only in the last 24 hours the Russians have lost money Ukraine 870 people. Thus, Russian personnel losses since the beginning of the invasion have reached 300,000, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported on Tuesday. This number includes the dead and wounded who are unable to continue fighting on the front.
According to the Ukrainian side, the Russians also suffered heavy losses of military equipment. The Ukrainians claim to have destroyed 21 tanks, 29 armored vehicles, 25 artillery guns and 10 missile systems.
Massive infantry attacks
The Institute for War Studies reports that in the attacks near Avdiivka, the Russians use “Storm-Z” infantry assault units, a unit composed of, among others, of former prisoners who suffer significant losses in combat.
Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the Ukrainian forces in the Tauride direction, i.e. in the Zaporizhia Oblast and the western part of the Donetsk Oblast, said on Monday that Russian troops are preparing to carry out such massive infantry attacks without artillery support near Avdiivka.
A Russian military officer, quoted by ISW, claims that “Storm-Z” units in the Avdiiv direction and on the southern flank of Bakhmut during “meat attacks” are often destroyed after only a few days of active operations, losing an average of 40-70 percent of their personnel. The military critic criticized the poor training of Russian units and the reluctance of officers to take into account the suggestions of commanders fighting on the front when assigning them combat tasks.
The think tank reports that “Storm-Z” units are often brought into combat before conducting reconnaissance or contacting neighboring units, and generally attempt to evacuate wounded without artillery cover, leading to even greater losses.
Territorial progress of the Ukrainians
Experts from the Institute for War Studies note that Ukrainian troops have recently made progress near Bakhmut and in the west of the Zaporizhia Oblast.
Geolocation data published on October 30 indicates that Ukrainian forces have advanced northeast of Kurdiumivka (10 km southwest of Bakhmut).
The latest indicates that Ukrainian forces have moved slightly from the town of Robotyne in the Zaporizhia Oblast in the south of the country. The Ukrainian General Staff confirmed that Ukrainian troops continue offensive operations near Bakhmut and offensive operations towards Melitopol.
The commander of the Ukrainian Land Forces, Colonel General Oleksandr Syrski, said that Russian troops “significantly strengthened their formation” near Bakhmut and switched from defensive to more “active” operations.
Ukrainska Pravda, tvn24.pl
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