Russia says 82,000 conscripts from emergency draft already in Ukraine | Ukraine

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Russia’s defense minister said 82,000 conscripts had already been sent to Ukraine, reflecting what the west called a desperate attempt to halt Kiev’s counter-offensive with poorly trained troops.

Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that another 218,000 were trained in barracks and the controversial “partial mobilization” had ended, although it was not possible to verify the said numbers.

The meeting between the two was broadcast on Russian state television, with Shoigu telling Putin: “Your task of mobilizing (mobilizing) 300,000 people has been completed. No further measures are planned.”

The contingency plan began in September after Ukraine won a string of victories in the northwest near Kharkiv, prompting some Russians to protest and others to flee the country. Dozens of conscripts have been killed after being thrown into the front line to protect more experienced troops from the rear.

Britain’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that Russia wanted to consolidate its existing gains after eight months of hard fighting by relying on “severely undermanned, poorly trained troops” that were “capable of only defensive operations”.

But despite the critical analysis, there are signs that Russia’s increasing use of conscripts has slowed Ukraine’s advance in both the east and south of the country as autumn turns into winter.

Serhiy Haidai, Ukraine’s governor of the Eastern Luhansk region, said in a televised interview that “the advance of the Ukrainian troops is not going as fast as we would like” because Russia has managed to reclaim its reserves and to dig.

Thousands of conscripts had been deployed in places like Bakhmut, where Haidai said they were killed or injured quickly after being thrown into battle against entrenched Ukrainians. “The average ‘shelf life’ of mobilized personnel is about two weeks,” the governor added.

Ukraine’s general staff said on Friday that up to 1,000 Russian conscripts had been sent across the Dnipro River to fortify Kherson, demonstrating the Kremlin’s unwillingness to give up the city without some sort of battle. The troops would be billeted in the homes of residents who had fled the war.

A week ago, it emerged that Russia feared losing the city and had relocated commanders to the east bank of the river — and began evacuating civilians, an exercise Ukraine said amounted to forced deportations.

Ukraine recaptured a series of villages near Kherson in early October, but earlier this week Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov warned that the autumn rains had “braked us a bit” and progress had become gradual.

According to locals, the terrain between the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv and Kherson is particularly difficult because the flat ground is cut by large irrigation canals, some of which have been drained, but in both cases can be easily fortified.

Western military experts have long predicted that the pace of fighting will slow in November as heavy rain clogs the ground and makes it increasingly difficult for armored vehicles to operate off-road. The struggle may not be resumed until the depths of winter, when the ground freezes.

The Russian-appointed governor of Kherson said earlier this week that the tomb and remains of Prince Grigory Potemkin, once the prime minister and lover of 18th-century ruler Catherine the Great, had been taken from a cathedral in Kherson and deeper into occupied territory. were moved.

“We have moved the remains of his serene Highness Prince Potemkin from Saint Catherine’s Church and the monument itself to the left bank,” said Volodymyr Saldo, east of the Dnipro River, according to Russian state news agency reports.

Another Russian official said the evacuation of civilians from Kherson had been completed. “The work to organize the residents departing to the left bank of the Dnipro to safe regions of Russia has been completed,” Sergei Aksyonov, the Moscow-appointed head of Crimea, said late Thursday after visiting the area.

The Ukrainian Air Force said it has so far shot down more than 300 Iranian Shahed-136 “kamikaze” drones, though that number is only a fraction of the 2,400 the country believes Russia has acquired from Tehran.

Russia has used the elusive drones to help attack Ukraine’s power plants and energy grid in October. Power outages, aimed at destabilizing energy supplies, are now routine in many of the country’s major cities.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kiev, said the city’s electricity grid was operating in “emergency mode”, with electricity supply falling by as much as half compared to pre-war levels. Four-hour blackouts have been announced in and around the capital.

Oleg Syniehubov, the governor of the Kharkiv region, announced on Telegram that Monday’s one-hour daily power cuts would begin, including the regional capital, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

Ukraine’s presidential office said at least four civilians have been killed and ten others injured in the latest Russian attacks, in which heavy shelling damaged dozens of residential buildings and power lines near the southern city of Nikopol.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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