NewsRussians amass troops near Ukrainian border, kadyrovtsy involved

Russians amass troops near Ukrainian border, kadyrovtsy involved

Disturbing moves by Russians. "Accumulation of forces observed"
Disturbing moves by Russians. "Accumulation of forces observed"
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8:56 AM EDT, May 21, 2024

The American Institute for the Study of War alarms that Russians are concentrating troops in the Kursk region, near the border with the Ukrainian Sumy region. Among these troops, units of the so-called Kadyrovtsy are being brought in. The Ukrainians estimate the number of Russian troops in the Kursk region at about 9,000-10,000 soldiers.

The ISW emphasizes that these are probably forces with low combat capabilities—they are not fully staffed and poorly organized. Nevertheless, in the think tank's assessment, even such a grouping of invading forces will serve its purpose, as it will force the Ukrainians to stretch their forces along the front line to secure the state's northern border.

In the first half of May, the ISW similarly assessed the goal of Russian operations in the Kharkiv region. Analysts at the time emphasized that Russian offensive actions in the north of the Kharkiv region likely serve to distract Ukrainian forces from key sections of the front in eastern Ukraine and, therefore, should not be seen as preparations for an attack on Kharkiv.

Most Ukrainian and Western analysts have emphasized in recent weeks that the invading forces do not have sufficient technological and human potential to encircle and capture such a large city.

Will the Russians attack Kharkiv? Alarming reports

Reports of a possible assault on Kharkiv appeared in the media back in March in connection with the expansion of the Russian military grouping in the regions bordering Ukraine - Belgorod, Kursk, and Bryansk.

At the beginning of May, these forces were estimated at 50,000 soldiers.

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