Russian troops ‘reluctant’ to engage in urban warfare due to heavy losses, says UK

A man looks at the gutted remains of Russian military vehicles on a road in the town of Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022.  (AP Photo/Serhii Nuzhnenko)
A man looks at the gutted remains of Russian military vehicles on a road in the town of Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

The United Kingdom’s Defense Ministry says Russian troops are “reluctant” to enter and fight in urban areas, and instead rely on continued indiscriminate bombardments.

“Russia continues to besiege a number of major Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol,” the ministry says in a new intelligence report.

“Russian forces are proving reluctant to engage in large scale urban infantry operations, rather preferring to rely on the indiscriminate use of air and artillery bombardments in an attempt to demoralise defending forces,” it says.

“It is likely Russia will continue to use its heavy firepower on urban areas as it looks to limit its own already considerable losses, at the cost of further civilian casualties,” the report adds.

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