25% Of Russian Battalion Tactical Groups In Ukraine 'Combat Ineffective'
More than quarter of Russia's battalion tactical groups (BTGs) initially deployed in Ukraine are now likely combat ineffective, all because of low morale, high casualty rates, and the failure of Moscow to provide adequate food and other supplies, the United Kingdom says.
Photo Insert: Russian soldiers surrendering to the Ukrainian military
According to the recent intelligence update by the UK Defense Ministry, Russia has sent more than 120 BTGs when it launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which is approximately 65% of its entire ground combat power, Kyiv Independent reported.
Some of Moscow’s elite units, such as the VDV Airborne Forces, have suffered severely and it will probably take years for Russia to replace them.
In a related development, Russian state-controlled media RIA Novosti reported the sound of a loud “clap,” similar to an explosion of medium strength, right in the center of Belgorod. A series of explosions were also reported on the local Telegram channel “Belgorod №1” at the same time.