Vladmir Putin is telling his military commanders Russia needs to deploy five million troops in order to triumph in Ukraine. A document doing the rounds in military and political circles in Moscow entitled “Conclusions of the war with NATO in Ukraine” has highlighted the vast challenges now facing Russia.
Oleksii Hromov, the deputy head of the Main Operative Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, explained: “A part of this ‘masterpiece’ among other things focuses on the main problems of the Russian occupying forces such as the commanders.” inability to command troops, low level of discipline and military training, obsolescence of armament and military equipment, commanders’ inability to make decisions without obligatorily coordinating them with higher command etc.
“Meanwhile it is stated in every document that the Defense Forces of Ukraine have a quite high level of equipment, and commanders on all levels can make decisions in combat conditions themselves.
“It is also stated in the document that there has not been such a war in the previous 80 years, and Russia needs its army to consist of nearly five million troops in order to win.”
Meanwhile the Foreign Secretary has promised Ukraine’s president that the UK will commit “action – not just words” in its support of the war-torn nation.
Mr. Cleverly met Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to Kyiv, just days after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak traveled to the Ukrainian capital.
He said the UK intends to keep its pledge to offer “concrete” assistance, as words alone “won’t keep the lights on” or “defend against Russian missiles”.
It came as Mr Cleverly announced a package of “hands-on” support to help the nation through the winter.
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