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British intelligence report: Russia moves elite troops to Donbass

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According to British estimates, Russia has relocated large parts of its airborne units to eastern Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense in London said on Thursday, citing intelligence findings, that potential areas of deployment include the defense positions in the area around the cities of Svatove and Kreminna in the Luhansk region or in the ongoing Russian offensive against the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

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In September and October, the troops were deployed to defend west of the Dnipro River in the southern Ukrainian region of Cherson.

According to British information, some of the severely weakened airborne units (WDW) were reinforced with mobilized reservists. “Although these poorly trained personnel will dilute WDW’s supposed elite capabilities, Russia is likely to still assign these units to sectors deemed particularly important,” the London statement said.

Airborne troops were to capture Kyiv

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The Russian airborne troops are considered an elite unit and represent a separate branch of the armed forces. At the beginning of the war of aggression against Ukraine nine months ago, they were supposed to conquer the capital Kyiv together with ground troops, but were repulsed.

The British Ministry of Defense has published daily information on the course of the war since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine at the end of February, citing intelligence information. In doing so, the British government wants to both counter the Russian portrayal and keep allies in line. Moscow accuses London of a targeted disinformation campaign. (dpa)

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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