It appears that the Russian military is scraping the bottom of barrel to get men to go and fight it’s battles in the Ukraine….
Putin rules and has begun to make those who question his actions against the Ukraine disappear ….
The Russian President is determined see things out as his forces inch out some gains that could cut out a chuck of the Ukraine’s agricultural production….
But for the West?
Elected leaders have a harder task….
Four months into the conflict ?
Economic hardships are making some question why doesn’t Zelensky sitdown and get a ceasefire?
With Russian forces in the middle of a purported “operational pause,” some Ukrainians in the country’s battered eastern frontline regions are questioning what that means at a time when their towns are still coming under continued shelling.
Military analysts say they have indeed observed a Russian pause — an effort to regroup and prepare reinforcements for a renewed assault on cities in Donetsk Province.
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia warned this month that his forces had yet to unleash their fiercest efforts on Ukraine. But according to some assessments, as well as information trickling out about Russia’s scramble to send more troops into the offensive, some analysis are questioning the effectiveness of the units that Russia is moving up.
“Despite President Putin’s claim on 7 July 2022 that the Russian military has ‘not even started’ its efforts in Ukraine, many of its reinforcements are ad hoc groupings, deploying with obsolete or inappropriate equipment,” an assessment from Britain’s defense ministry said on Saturday.
One sign the defense ministry pointed to was its expectation that fresh Russian troops would be deployed with MT-LB armored vehicles. The MT-LB, first designed in the 1950s to pull artillery, is not heavily armored and can mount only a machine gun to protect its forces.
“Russia has long considered them unsuitable for most frontline infantry transport roles,” the British ministry said in its analysis.
Previous deployments, it said, were transported with the well armored BMP-2 fighting vehicles, which can also fire anti-tank missiles.
Then there are the reports from Russian channels on the Telegram app of a strained effort to round up more troops to fight. Russia has resorted to creating volunteer battalions to deploy to Ukraine, a move that avoids a national draft that Moscow may fear is too politically risky….
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