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Three Russian brigades ‘likely suffered heavy losses’ as they were ‘combat ineffective’

by Mark Channer War Correspondent
19th Sep 23 11:51 am

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has said on Tuesday morning that three Russian brigades “likely suffered heavy losses” during Ukraine’s liberation of Klishchiivka and Andriivka.

The ISW said that the Russian brigades were “combat ineffective” after looking through reports from Ukrainian military officials.

A commander of the brigade was killed in action and the three Russian brigades were the 72nd Motorized Rifle Brigade (3rd Army Corps), 31st Guards VDV Brigade and Russia’s 83rd Guards VDV Brigade.

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ISW analysis said, “If recent Ukrainian advances south of Bakhmut resulted in the destruction of the 31st and 83rd VDV brigades’ combat capabilities, then the Russian command will likely laterally redeploy elements of another relatively elite formation to maintain critical elements of the Russian defence south of Bakhmut …

Lateral redeployments from elsewhere in Ukraine or substantial tactical redeployments of other VDV elements in the Bakhmut area would therefore indicate that recent Ukrainian advances have resulted in significant Russian losses.

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Tuesday that around the lower Dnipro in Kherson Oblast which is another part of the front “heavy fighting” has continued during the first half of September.

The latest Defence Intelligence update reads, “Both sides have launched raids with teams in small boats against the islands and against the opposite riverbanks.

“The number of forces involved are relatively small compared to other fronts; however, both sides see the area as strategically important.

“It also provides the opportunity to draw their adversary’s units away from the intense combat in Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk oblasts.”

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