Russia’s Wagner Group, a private military mercenary group, has seen each of its fighters reportedly burn an average of 2,000 rounds of ammunition a day in an attempt to fend off a brutal Ukrainian counteroffensive.
According to a published analysis by the Institute for the Study of War, Wagner Group fighters trying to hold on to gains in Ukraine’s Donbass have faced a barrage of attacks from Ukrainian forces seeking to retake lost territory, and heavy fighting is depleting ammunition at an alarming rate. Wednesday.
A report by a US-based think tank detailed the fighting around the town of Bakhmut as Ukrainian forces try to regain positions south of the town and Russian forces launching an attack on the city itself, which was recaptured by Ukraine.
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There are also reports of heavy fighting near the Kherson region, where Ukrainian forces consistently attacked Russian positions around the city.
Heavy fighting caused casualties on both sides, although fierce Ukrainian resistance worked to detain the Russian president Vladimir Putin the aims of the war and prompted him to admit that the conflict could drag on for some time.
Russian forces will also now be forced fight against the winter climate of Ukraineanother possible roadblock amid reports earlier this week that the nation’s military lacked sufficient clothing and equipment to deal with the elements.
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“It is clear that there is a bloodbath and the Russian military is taking place in Eastern Ukraine not properly equipped for winter combatRebecca Koffler, a former DIA intelligence officer and author of Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America, told Fox News Digital. “
Kofler believes the weather could cause Putin to slow down in the next few months, although she expects Russian forces to try to ramp up their activity again in the spring.
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“Putin announced yesterday that Russia is waging this fight for a long time, which is almost certainly true. But we can expect the active combat phase to slow down now that winter has arrived. Otherwise, more soldiers will freeze to death than from wounds,” Koffler said. “Putin is likely to resume major assault operations in the early spring.”