The Russian Wagner Group, a private military mercenary unit, reportedly saw each of its fighters burn an average of 2,000 rounds of ammunition a day in an attempt to fight off a brutal Ukrainian counteroffensive.
Wagner Group fighters trying to hold on to gains in the Ukrainian Donbass are facing an onslaught of Ukrainian forces seeking to retake lost ground, with heavy fighting depleting ammunition at an alarming rate, according to a published analysis by the Institute for the Study of War. Wednesday.
A US-based think tank report details the fighting around the town of Bakhmut as Ukrainian forces tried to recapture positions south of the town and Russian troops attack on the city itself, repulsed by Ukraine.
Heavy fighting was also reported near the Kherson region, where Ukrainian forces constantly attacked Russian positions around the city.
Heavy fighting has taken its toll on both sides, although fierce Ukrainian resistance has helped halt the Russian president. Vladimir Putin goals of the war and prompted him to recognize that the conflict could drag on for some time.
Russian troops will also now be forced to fight against winter climate in Ukraineanother possible setback amid reports earlier this week that the country’s armed forces lacked clothing and equipment to deal with the elements.
“Obviously, there is a bloodbath going on in eastern Ukraine, and the Russian military not properly equipped for winter combatRebecca Koffler, a former DIA intelligence officer and author of The Putin Book: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America, told Fox News Digital. “Some die from hyperthermia because the uniform is not warm enough to survive in extreme conditions. “
Koffler believes the weather could cause Putin to slow down over the next few months, though she expects Russian forces to try to step up again in the spring.
“Putin announced yesterday that Russia is in this fight for the long haul, which is almost certainly true. But we can expect the active hostilities phase to slow down now that winter has arrived. Otherwise, more soldiers will freeze to death than from wounds,” Koffler said. “Putin is likely to resume major assault operations in early spring.”