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Russia accepting heavy personnel losses for marginal territorial gains in Ukraine: UK

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Russia’s leadership continues to demonstrate a willingness to accept “heavy personnel losses” for “marginal territorial gains” in Ukraine, a UK intelligence update revealed.

“Over the past three weeks, Russia has likely lost around 200 armored vehicles during its assaults on the Donbas town of Avdiivka. This is likely due to a combination of relative effectiveness of Ukraine’s modern hand-held anti-armor weapons, mines, uncrewed aerial vehicle-dropped munitions, and precision artillery systems,” the UK intelligence report said.

It added: “In response, Russian forces have highly likely switched to conducting dismounted infantry-based assaults in this sector. Ukrainian forces faced similar tactical challenges as the attacking force over the summer.”

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The British ministry of defense stated in its war intelligence update: “Like previous Russian offensives, the Avdiivka assaults have often been characterized by advances across open ground, leading to high losses. It is plausible that Russia has suffered several thousand personnel casualties around the town since the start of October 2023.”

Russia’s losses in Ukraine have reached 304,000 troops since the beginning of the invasion, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported as cited by state news agency Ukrinform.

Additionally, over the past week, soldiers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) destroyed 19 Russian tanks, 12 armored combat vehicles, a multiple launch rocket system, 3 air defense systems and 29 drones, Ukrinform reported on Sunday.

The SBU forces also struck nine Russian artillery systems, two electronic warfare and reconnaissance systems, 60 vehicles, 29 fortifications and 2 ammunition depots.

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