New battalions of Chechen fighters are ‘preparing new assault’ in Ukraine, claims Russian propaganda
Russia is assembling new battalions of fearsome Chechen warriors to try again to launch another attack on Ukraine, a notorious Kremlin spokesman said.
The bold claim was made by Russian-Chechen author and well-known propagandist German Sadulaev on his telegram channel, who stated that the four new heavily armed battalions will be formed to launch offensives against Ukraine.
However, such claims of formidable new military units in the Russian army ring hollow against new reports that Vladimir Putin’s forces are being “eroded” by the magnitude of the losses they are suffering in the Donbas and in general.
British army chiefs have estimated that the massive expenditure of manpower and equipment by the Russian army last week in taking the city of Severodonetsk had only brought “tactical success”.
“The Russian armed forces are increasingly being eroded,” said the Ministry of Defense’s latest intelligence update on Tuesday.
“They are currently accepting a level of reduced combat effectiveness, which is probably unsustainable in the long run.”
Russia is assembling new battalions of fearsome Chechen warriors to try again to launch another attack on Ukraine, according to Russian-Chechen author and well-known propagandist German Sadulaev. Pictured: Soldiers participate in an assessment of the Chechen Republic’s troops and military equipment at the residence of Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic on February 25
Chechen unit, ‘Kadyrovtsy’ in Mariupol, poses for a group photo in front of a destroyed building. The speaker: ‘An order to destroy and purify Mariupol has been fulfilled. President Putin’s order has been fulfilled, Kadyrov’s order has been fulfilled’
British army chiefs have determined that the massive expenditure of manpower and equipment by the Russian army in taking the city of Severodonetsk last week has only yielded ‘tactical success’
Generous estimates from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine put the number of Russian tanks destroyed so far at 1,573, 3,726 armored personnel carriers, nearly a thousand artillery pieces and MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems) and 35,600 soldiers killed.
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, announced the formation of four new battalions, manned by young Chechens, ready for a renewed attack on Ukraine
Generous estimates by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine put the number of Russian tanks destroyed so far at 1,573, 3,726 armored personnel carriers, nearly a thousand artillery pieces and MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems) and 35,600 soldiers killed.
It took the combined efforts of the core elements of six different armies to achieve the “tactical success” of capturing Severodonetsk — a price, Defense suggests, not worth paying.
But such sober assessments of Russia’s military capabilities do not hinder the Kremlin’s propaganda outfits from optimistically inventing new formations with which to turn the tide against their stubborn Ukrainian enemies.
German Sadulaev, who made the claims about four new Chechen battalions in his Telegram channel, is a Russian-Chechen author and nationalist
According to the staff of the [Russian] Ministry of Defense, the battalion is armed with tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored cars, artillery, mortars,” Sadulaev wrote about the new Chechen units.
‘In the first line is everything you need for an active offensive.’
Sadulaev claims that this new ‘Akhamt’ regiment – which will belong to the Russian Ministry of Defense instead of the lighter armed Russian Guard – is being formed in Chechnya, as announced personally by Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.
Previous Chechen regiments brought only light weapons to the battlefield and were thus tasked with clearing occupied territories.
“They could not go into the first line of attack, their task was to clear the already liberated areas of Ukraine,” the Russian propagandist wrote. And if they were used for the attack, it was ‘not very good’.
“Given the high level of motivation and psychological readiness of the Chechens for war, it is clear that these battalions will become a powerful offensive weapon on the Ukrainian fronts,” Sadulaev said.
After narrowing their front thousands of miles across the entire eastern border with Ukraine, Russian forces are now concentrating their combined southern army group around the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.
The battle for Severodonetsk, a strategically located city of 100,000 in the Luhansk region, raged for three to four weeks before Ukrainian forces finally surrendered it to the Russians after non-stop heavy artillery bombardments reduced it to rubble.
Moscow now sets its sights on Severodonetsk’s sister city Lysychansk, across the Donets River.
The frequency of shelling at Lysychansk is “enormous,” Lugansk’s regional governor said on Wednesday.
Ukrainian troops around Severodonetsk withdrew from the city because it makes no sense to remain in positions that have been fired on relentlessly
Ukrainian troops ride a tank on a road in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region on June 21, 2022, as Ukraine says Russian shelling has caused ‘catastrophic destruction’ in the eastern industrial city of Lysychansk
Severodonetsk, reduced to rubble by concentrated heavy artillery shelling by the Russian army, is now in enemy hands
Lysychansk’ is constantly being shelled with large calibers. The fighting continues on the outskirts of the city. The Russian army is constantly trying to attack,” Sergiy Gaiday told Ukrainian television, which later posted the video on its Telegram channel.
“Now there is a peak of fighting. The frequency of shelling is enormous,” he said, adding that there were still about 15,000 civilians in the city.
But their evacuation “could be dangerous right now,” he said.
The Russians’ brought in large numbers of vehicles, huge numbers of people. Shelling and attacks are not going to stop,” Gaiday said.
After several weeks of fighting that killed dozens of civilians, Moscow has already taken control of the neighboring city of Severodonetsk and is now turning its sights on Lysychansk.
It is the last major city to be taken over by the Russians in the Luhansk region, one of the two provinces in the large Donbas region that Moscow wants to control completely.
“Ukrainian forces continue to maintain their positions around Lysychansk, where fighting is concentrated around the Lysychansk oil refinery, 10 km southwest of the city center,” the defense ministry wrote today.
They said Russian forces are making only “limited progress” as they attempt to encircle Ukrainian defenders from the north via Izium.
“It is very likely that the ability of Ukrainian troops to continue fighting the battle, and then withdraw the troops in good order before being surrounded, will remain a key factor in the outcome of the campaign.”