According to Mykhailov, the source of the recent report came from a Russian blogger who spent eight years in the “army” of the so-called “Donetsk / Luhansk People’s Republic”.
“He quoted his source claiming that the army had two brigades at the start of the attack,” Mykhailov explained.
“Currently, only 100-200 infantry remain in these brigades, but that doesn’t mean the entire army is gone, only the brigades’ infantry.”
He said a typical Russian brigade would consist of two infantry battalions and one armored battalion, for a total of about 800 combat units, or about 1,600 for the two brigades as a whole.
Analysts said, “In response to the recent scandal (Russia is developing a conscription system to fight in Ukraine), it is a conscription system, with 1,500 to 2,000 people in mind to stay at the base or withdraw. Added an army of. “
According to him, the reduction of thousands of troops to hundreds “Very big loss” 35th It is just one of four troops in the Eastern Military District of Russia.
“In addition, Russian troops from the Western Military District are also deployed there – 1st “Tank army,” Mikhailov pointed out.
“The T-80 tanks arriving there are very similar to those of this unit, which means they managed to replenish their armor, if not personnel.”
He added that Izyum could have as many as 20 Russian battalion tactical groups (BTGs), each consisting of an army of 400-600 people, according to the Ukrainian staff. The great losses they suffered could only be recovered by poorly trained and almost unprepared reinforcements.
“So we are talking Thousands of Russian troops deployed thereThis is still a serious threat at the Donbus Theater, “concluded Mikhailov.
Previously, the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) was 35 in Russia.th The combined arms were demolished in Izyum, primarily for incompetent commanders.
According to the ISW, the unit lacked the proper equipment and supplies, and the heavy artillery lacked the necessary and timely maintenance. The lack of encrypted communication forced Russian commanders to communicate via messenger.
defeat 35th The military was also reported by President’s Chief of Staff Andrey Jermac.