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Front-line combat in the Donbas has “devolved” into small groups of ad hoc troops fighting on foot, Britain’s Ministry of Defence has said.
In its daily intelligence update, the MoD said Russian combat forces have begun “operating in increasingly ad hoc and severely undermanned groups”.
Citing Ukrainian authorities, the MoD said they believe some Russian Battalion Tactical Groups, which usually comprise of 600-800 personnel, “have been able to muster as few as 30 soldiers”.
“Some of Russia’s strengths, such as its advantage in number of tanks, become less relevant in this environment. This is likely contributing to its continued slow rate of advance,” the Ministry added in a post on Twitter.