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Intelligence: “russia Forming One More Striking Force near Ukraine”
russia is forming Third Separate Army Corps (3rd AC) to employ it as a unit against Ukraine.
Vadym Skibitskyi, a representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, stated this on the air of ‘Kyiv’ TV channel, Ukrinform reports.
According to him, russia failed the covert mobilization and creation of 16 volunteer battalions. Rifle units were to be deployed in every region of the russian federation.
“According to verified information, 8 battalions have been formed by mid-July. This was not enough for the russian federation. These battalions have been formed haphazardly. Almost anyone could join them,” Skibitskyi said.
“Therefore, russia decided to form the Third Separate Army Corps to conduct hostilities. It is currently undergoing training in the Western Military District in order to employ it as a unit against Ukraine. They announced their plans to form this corps by mid-August,” stated intelligence representative.
Skibitskyi also said that the russia’s combat units have a catastrophic understaffing of officers.
According to him, the highest command echelon of the russian army did not fulfill the tasks set before it in February and March regarding the occupation of Ukraine, and was displaced. Also, the middle command link of the occupation units is significantly understaffed.
“According to the information that Ukraine’s military intelligence gets from various sources, in particular from radio intercepts, we see that the lack of officer personnel is simply catastrophic. They say in their conversations that there are no officers in the units or at all, and if there are, then none of them does not know and does not see. And we see this problem in the course of formation of the 3rd AC and other units that being formed by russia.
To ensure the presence of lower-level commanders in the units, they are forced to assign the rank of junior lieutenant to the sergeant ranks,” noted the representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence.
As reported by Ukrinform, according to Ukrainian intelligence, the russians refuse to sign contracts with the russia’s ministry of defence. Refusals to sign contracts depend on which units have the largest losses in the war in Ukraine.