UK: Russian offensive bogged down as Putin scrambles for warm bodies to deploy

The UK’s Ministry of Defence says Russia is struggling to find more soldiers to make up for personnel losses on the battlefield and is having trouble advancing its assault..

“Russia is increasingly seeking to generate additional troops to bolster and replace its personnel losses in Ukraine,” the ministry says in a daily intelligence brief. “As a result of these losses it is likely Russia is struggling to conduct offensive operations in the face of sustained Ukrainian resistance.”

According to the brief, Russia has tried to pull soldiers from units stationed in the far east and Armenia, and is also looking for mercenaries from Syria and elsewhere. These soldiers would be used to hold Russia’s gains freeing up Russian regulars to take part in the offensive.

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