The weather in Ukraine is fast falling below freezing, the ground will “freeze and stay frozen” the Russians are not happy but the Ukrainian forces are better equipped.
In order for the soldiers fighting on the front line to cope better in the winter months being equipped with proper winter thermals will be paramount for keeping them motivated.
Sky News military and defence analyst Professor Michael Clarke this is the “week the weather changes” for soldiers on both sides of the front line.
He said, “It’s now going to go four or five degrees below freezing for several days. The ground will freeze and stay frozen.
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“That matters for the troops. As the weather now turns cold that will emphasise the difference in quality between Russian and Ukrainian troops.
“To cope with winter the troops have got to be well supplied and equipped, they’ve got to be rotated out of the trenches at regular intervals.
“My belief is the Ukrainians will cope better than the Russians because they’re now better equipped and motivated to last the course.
“A lot of the Russians are already unhappy and don’t want to be there.”
Thousands of “Russian troops will probably freeze to death in the trenches” this winter as Moscow has supplied them with ineffective clothing.
Tens of thousands Russian troops who were mobilised to Ukraine need proper thermal clothing and equipment to survive the harsh winter as a Siberian anticyclone threatens to plunge temperatures to a “life-threatening” conditions.
Professor Clarke also warned that Ukrainian civilians are also at risk as Vladimir Putin has hit Ukraine’s critical infrastructure in widespread air strikes causing mass blackouts.
Professor Clarke told Sky News last week, “The battle is on, it’s a new form of warfare now, it’s the winter war that’s starting.”
Professor Clarke explained, “Winters in Ukraine can normally go to three or four degrees below freezing during the day.
“If there is an anticyclone in Siberia, which doesn’t happen every year but it does happen, then temperatures will go to minus 20, and minus 20 is life-threatening.”
He added, “My guess is, if it did get that cold, an awful lot of Russian troops will probably freeze to death in the trenches.
“Their winter gear is terrible, whereas the winter gear that the Ukrainian soldiers have got is much better now because it is Western gear.”