February 28, 2023, 13:16 – BLiTZ – News
Russia has changed the tactics of its assault units, moving from large formations to more maneuverable and smaller ones, according to the ISW analytical center.
Now the assault groups include no more than a battalion, but they are optimally prepared to break into the Ukrainian defenses, including fortified points and strongholds.
Such units can include up to six T-72 main battle tanks, up to 12 infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank systems, mortars, grenade launchers and towed artillery. Units operate as autonomously as possible and can conduct combat operations for a long time even in the absence of support.
Assault squads consist of 12-15 people, divided into tactical groups of three people. Tanks and artillery operate from the rear, striking at the fortified positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, after which an immediate assault follows.
American analysts emphasize that these units of the Russian army can conduct combat operations for a long time even without the support of heavy armored vehicles. The described actions are in many ways similar to the tactics of the Russian PMCs, which operate in small groups and attack after the artillery barrage.
On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation Army launched a special military operation in Ukraine.
Acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin said that the Russian Armed Forces are approaching Vuhledar from three directions at once: from the south, southwest and west. The head of the DPR stressed that “the process is not going fast.”
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in turn, said that the situation in Donbass is getting tougher. According to Zelensky, a very difficult situation for the Armed Forces of Ukraine is developing in Artemovsk (Bakhmut) and Vugledar, as well as in Limansky and other directions.
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