The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has once again changed the rhetoric and format of its daily briefings on the war in Ukraine to divert attention from its failures.
Since January 3, in the presentations of the aggressors, special attention has been emphasized on strikes on Ukrainian military facilities, which often have no operational significance. At the same time, very little is said about the failed ground attacks.
Updated abstracts focus on smaller population centers and group strikes.
After a series of failures in the fall of 2022, in response to bloggers’ widespread criticism of the lack of transparency in official coverage of the war, the Russian Ministry of Defense attempted to model Ukrainian civil servants in the form of briefings.
ISW Key Findings:
- The Russian information space continues to use official responses to the Ukrainian Himars attack on the Russian base in Makhivka, criticizing its unwillingness to address problems with Russian military apparatus and computer failures.
- Forming Russian units exclusively from mobilized personnel will not provide a combat force comparable to the number of mobilized personnel.
- Russia’s Defense Ministry has again changed the rhetoric and format of its daily briefings to divert attention from its failures in the war against Ukraine.
- Kyrillo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, said that Ukrainian forces intend to launch a major counteroffensive across Ukrainian territory in the spring of 2023.
- Aggressors increasingly rely on Iranian-made drones to launch attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure. Against this background, the Russian Federation may further bilateral cooperation with Iran to acquire new high-precision weapon systems for use in Ukraine.
- As Ukrainian offensives reportedly damaged Russian military logistics in the region, Russian troops continued limited counteroffensives to regain lost ground along the Sviato-Kremenna route.
- The occupiers continued offensive operations in the Bagmud region and the western suburbs of Donetsk.
- On January 4, Russian troops continued to restore combat capability and conduct defensive operations in the Kherson region.
- Some Russian private arms manufacturers continue to criticize the Russian military campaign.
- On January 4, Russian occupation authorities continued steps to resolve administrative issues related to consolidating Russian control over the occupied territories.
We will remind, earlier it was known,According to Serhiy Gaidai, head of Luhansk OVThe Svadovo-Kremenna highway (Luhansk region), which supplies Russian troops, is already under the fire control of the Ukrainian army.
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