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In late February 2023, Russian conscripted soldiers were ordered to attack concrete-reinforced Ukrainian positions, armed with “firearms and shovels.” The ‘shovel’ was likely a trenching tool used in hand-to-hand combat, the British agency said.
“The lethality of the standard MPL-50 trench tool is particularly mythic in Russia. It highlights low-tech combat. War,” he added.
In other words, one reservist said he was physically and mentally unprepared for such a battle.
As British intelligence previously reported, Ukraine’s defense bahmut Donetsk oblast is under “increasing pressure” from heavy fighting in and around the city. His two important bridges in Bakhmut were destroyed last week.
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