The most elite units of the Russian army, in particular the airborne troops, have suffered significant losses due to the misuse of their potential and the inability to anticipate Ukrainian resistance. About it informs The British Ministry of Defense, citing the findings of its intelligence.
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They noted that the Russian Federation used paratroopers from the very beginning of the full-scale invasion – in an unsuccessful attempt to attack Kyiv through the airfield Gostomelthe stalled offensive through the Izyum and the failed crossing of the Seversky Donets.
The Russian Airborne Forces, made up of about 45,000 military men (mostly contract soldiers), are considered elite units and, in Russian doctrine, are designed to carry out the most difficult operations, intelligence officers say. However, in Ukraine, paratroopers were used in missions that would be better suited for heavy infantry, the airborne troops suffered heavy losses.
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This indicates a strategic mismanagement of the potential of the paratroopers and the inability of the Russian Federation to provide an advantage in the air, the British say. The misuse of the Airborne Forces has also shown that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s investment in the army over the past 15 years has led to an imbalance in its overall strength.
“The failure to anticipate Ukrainian resistance and the complacency of Russian commanders resulted in significant casualties for many of Russia’s most elite units,” British intelligence officers concluded.
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