Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008
The Pentagon believes that these forces have become the centerpiece of the Kremlin’s plan to continue the ground offensive.
Russia is moving troops to Ukraine from Georgia. Writes about it The Washington Post referring to a senior official from the US Department of Defense.
“Now we have indications that they are bringing in forces from Georgia. Russian troops that are based in Georgia. We don’t have an exact number,” a Pentagon spokesman said on condition of anonymity.
Thousands of Russian troops are regularly stationed at military outposts from Georgia to Syria to Tajikistan, he said. Many of them are part of motorized rifle brigades. Experts consider them combat-ready and ready for immediate deployment.
It is noted that in this case, we are probably talking about soldiers and equipment that are deployed in the occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia. These troops are considered the largest. They are predominantly made up of contract soldiers – Russian professional volunteers, which is their potential advantage in terms of training.
“If they replace conscripts with contract soldiers who were called up and unhappy and not as well trained, then this can be useful. They are probably better trained, and their morale will certainly be higher than that of the conscripts who came, thinking they were going to liberate the Donbass, but instead got stuck in the Kyiv area,” Jim Townsend, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO during the Obama administration, said.
Meanwhile, according to the US Department of Defense, Russia now has between 85 and 90 percent of its combat power left.
“I’m not sure that anything the Russian military will do will change the balance. It’s more like filling in the gaps. They will be delivered fresh, first of all, to make up for the losses … people who offer to bring everyone they can, for one a big push to break the Ukrainian resistance. Now I don’t see this as an opportunity,” said Dmitry Gorenburg, a Russian military expert at the CNA think tank.
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