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Putin won’t like it: Ukraine is training a million-man army

More than five months ago, the Russian army invades Ukraine. Today, on day 163 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian army still struggling to achieve its goals.

Ukrainian forces continue to push their counter-offensive south towards Kherson.

Ukraine has the strategic initiative

The Ukrainian forces keep pushing with their counter-offensive in the south towards Kherson, and now Kyiv has the strategic initiative. Moscow is relocating its forces to the south in response to the Ukrainian counter-offensive but must sacrifice its offensive operations in the Donbass.

“Ukraine is likely to take the strategic initiative and force Russia to reallocate forces and reprioritize efforts in response to Ukrainian counteroffensive operations,” he added. Institute for the Study of War assessed in its latest operational update.

“Russian forces are also redeploying military equipment – artillery and aviation in particular – to Crimea from other parts of Ukraine,” the Institute for the Study of War added.

The list of Russian victims

The Russian army hurts for trained soldiers. Five months of war in Ukraine have weighed on Russian force generation capabilities.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claims that as of Friday, Ukrainian forces have killed an estimated 41,650 Russian troops (and wounded about three times that number), destroyed 223 combat, attack and transport aircraft, 191 attack and transport helicopters, 1 792 tanks, 950 artillery pieces, 4,032 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 260 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), 15 boats and cutters, 2,964 vehicles and fuel tanks, 123 anti-aircraft batteries, 742 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 83 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 180 cruise missiles shot down by Ukrainian air defenses.

Nuclear woes

A potential disaster is currently brewing in Ukraine. The Russian army occupies the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is the largest in Europe, but the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the south goes in this direction.

“After five months of occupation, Russia’s intentions regarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant Remain uncertain. However, the actions they took at the facility likely compromised the safety and security of normal plant operations,” British Military Intelligence said. assessed in his daily estimate of the war.

“Russian forces are likely operating in areas adjacent to the power plant and have used artillery units based in these areas to target Ukrainian territory on the west bank of the Dnipro River,” the UK Ministry of Defense said.

There were fights when the Russian forces first captured the power station early in the war, endangering the facility. But now concerns about the safety of the plant are resurfacing because the Russian military has used the protected nature of the plant for military operations.

“Russian forces likely used the wider installation area, particularly the adjacent town of Enerhodar, to rest their forces, using the protected status of the nuclear power plant to reduce the risk to their equipment and personnel from attacks. nocturnal Ukrainians,” said the Briton. Assessed military intelligence.

Train Ukrainians

The effort to form Ukraine’s “one million army” is well underway. A few weeks ago, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview that Kyiv aims to create a military force of one million soldiers to retake Russian-occupied territories. But to create such a military force, training is essential. And that’s where the UK comes in.

Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a training initiative in which 10,000 Ukrainian troops fly to the UK and be combat ready in just 120 days or four months. This effort has been going on for some time now, and more international partners have joined the British training cadre to prepare Ukrainian troops. Canada is the last partner to step in.

“I am delighted that the Canadian Armed Forces is joining the growing international effort to support the training of Ukrainian soldiers in the UK,” said UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. said.

“Canada’s expertise will give the program a new boost and ensure that Ukrainian men and women, coming to the UK to train to defend their country, will gain a vast pool of experience and skills from the British forces and of our international partners,” Wallace added.

[1945’sNewColumnofDefenseandNationalSecurity[1945’sNouveauchroniqueurdedéfenseetdesécuriténationaleStavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (National Service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ) and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. His work has been featured in Business Intern, Sandboxand SOFREP.

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