Putin’s New 3rd Army Corps Suffers Setbacks, Equipment Not Ready: Kyiv

Ukraine has said Russia’s latest faction, reportedly going to the front lines to bolster Moscow’s war effort, is months away from being combat-ready.

Russia’s 3rd Army Corps, based in Mulino in the Nizhny Novgorod region east of Moscow, is said to be the first major new formation put together for the Ukraine war as the Kremlin tries to replace the huge troop losses.

Recent information indicates that the formation is moving to the front lines via railroad lines. The Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) reported last month that the equipment was being transported by rail to Neklynivka railway station in Russia’s Rostov region, near the border with Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

However, Vadym Skibitskyi, a representative of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Service, said equipment and manpower problems are hampering Russia’s ability to form the new corps.

“The issue of establishing the 3rd Army Corps will drag on until November,” he told Ukrainian military television, adding that Russia will need “three to four months” to train its specialists.

He said that “by our estimates, 40 percent of the [Russia’s] Military equipment is not combat ready. “It needs to be repaired and put in order,” he added, according to a translation of his comments published by the Ukrainian publication Defense Express.

He said that the latest equipment that Russia is using “broke into our territory in February-March” and that the units that are being formed are “still armed with Soviet-style weapons”. news week has reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

The Wall Street Journal reported that troops training for the 3rd Army Corps were seen drunk and harassing local residents, suggesting the troops lack the discipline to support Russia’s war effort.

On August 25, Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to be expanded by 137,000 men starting in 2023. While estimates vary, the Pentagon said last month that as many as 80,000 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in the war.

Moscow is struggling to find volunteers to bolster the numbers while deciding not to mobilize the general population as the conflict turns into a grueling war of attrition.

As Russia seeks to strengthen its ranks, Ukraine has launched a counteroffensive in the south, focusing on the Kherson region and its eponymous capital, whose strategic location at the entrance to the Black Sea makes it a win-win for both sides.

Britain’s Defense Ministry said in its daily update on Saturday that Ukrainian forces “probably achieved a degree of tactical surprise” in the counter-offensive, taking advantage of the Russian military’s “poor logistics, administration and leadership”.

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Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank on a road in the Donetsk region near the front line between Russian and Ukrainian forces on July 20, 2022. A Ukrainian intelligence official said Russia’s 3rd Army Corps, which could reinforce Moscow’s forces at the front, was struggling to prepare.
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