British intelligence revealed why the Russian army and Putin’s paramilitaries are fighting relentlessly

Far from modernizing, the Russian army still resembles the old Soviet army (EFE)

The UK intelligence services have underlined this Tuesday that “Russia does not have enough ammunition to achieve successes” in the military offensive Ukraine and have said that this is a factor in “internal divisions”, especially between the Ministry of Defense and the Wagner group.

Thus, they have pointed to the recent dismissal of the Vice Minister of Defence, Mikhail Mizintsevappointed in charge of logistics on September 24, five months after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

“Mizintsev’s dismissal was not immediately confirmed – it was made public over the weekend – but speculation about his future highlights how logistical problems remain at the heart of the difficulties of the Russian campaign in Ukraine,” have explained.

“The shortage of ammunition generates internal divisions, especially between the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Wagner Group,” they said, while stressing that Moscow “It continues to give top priority to mobilizing the defense industry, even if it still fails to meet wartime demands.”

In this sense, they have emphasized that “while Russian political leaders persist in demanding success on the battlefield, logistics professionals are caught in the middle,” according to a series of messages published by the British Ministry of Defense through your account on the social network Twitter.

Logistics is one of the keys to the conflict and various voices have warned of deficient supplies to equip the Russian military. During the day on Saturday, the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, warned that they could withdraw from the city of Bakhmutone of the current epicenters of the Ukrainian war, due to the high number of casualties and the lack of supplies.

The founder of the Wagner private mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin.  REUTERS/Yulia Morozova
The founder of the Wagner private mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin. REUTERS/Yulia Morozova (YULIA MOROZOVA/)

Meanwhile, the commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi, on Tuesday visited troops fighting in the besieged city of Bakhmutin the province of Donetsk east of Ukrainehours after he announced counterattacks in the city that they would have forced the Russians to “abandon some positions”.

“We continue to carry out the defensive and deterrent operation of the enemy in the east,” Sysrkyi said today on his Telegram channel, in a brief note in which he also said that he met with the commanders in charge of the Bakhmut area.

“Our commanders and our soldiers are the heroes of our time, they upset the enemy’s plans every day,” the statement also said, praising “the dedication and professionalism” of the Ukrainian military in Bakhmut.

During his visit to the area, Syrskyi discussed with the military how to “inflict the greatest number of casualties on the enemy” and continue to “ensure effective defense” of the part of the city still under Ukrainian control.

On the other hand, the White House estimated on Monday that the Russian army has suffered 100,000 casualties in the last five months in the fighting against Ukraine in the Bakhmut region.

White House national security spokesmanJohn Kirbytold reporters that the figure, based on US intelligence estimates, included more than 20,000 deadhalf of them from the Wagner mercenary group, which includes convicts released from prison to join the fighting.

“Russia’s attempt at an offensive into the Donbas largely through Bakhmut has failed,” Kirby said. “Russia has not been able to seize any real significant and strategic territory.”

He said the Russians have made some gradual gains in Bakhmut, but that this has come at a “terrible, terrible cost” and that Ukraine’s defenses in the region remain strong.

(With information from Europa Press)

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