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Russia forces in Ukraine suffer mass casualties from long-range precision strikes: UK

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Russian forces in Ukraine continue to suffer mass casualties from Ukrainian long-range precision strikes well behind the front line, British military intelligence reported.

“On 10 November 2023, likely over 70 Russian troops were killed in a strike on a convoy of trucks 23km behind the front line in the village of Hladkivka, Kherson Oblast. Subsequently, on 19 November 2023, a strike on Russian troops attending an award ceremony or concert in Kumachove, 60km inside Russian-controlled territory, likely caused tens of casualties,” the UK ministry of defense said in its war intelligence update.

The British ministry added: “Ukraine has also suffered similar incidents: a Russian ballistic missile killed 19 members of Ukraine’s 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade at a medal ceremony on 3 November 2023.”

The intelligence report commented on combat realities facing the Russians: “Deployed soldiers are typically well aware of the ranges of their adversary’s weapons systems. However, faced with the reality of very long combat deployments, commanders face an acute dilemma.”

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It added: “They must balance the best practice of keeping the troops dispersed, and less vulnerable to strikes, and the day-to-day requirement to gather units together to conduct administration and to maintain morale.”

Earlier in November, the British ministry highlighted that over the past three weeks, Russia has likely lost around 200 armoured vehicles during its assaults on the Donbas town of Avdiivka.

It said: “This is likely due to a combination of relative effectiveness of Ukraine’s modern hand-held anti-armour weapons, mines, uncrewed aerial vehicle-dropped munitions, and precision artillery systems.”

The intelligence update concluded: “Russia’s leadership continues to demonstrate a willingness to accept heavy personnel losses for marginal territorial gains.”

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