Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that 14 new divisions and 16 new brigades will comprise two new ground armies as the Kremlin continues its relentless and unprovoked war against Ukraine. 

So far, Russia has managed to replenish its ranks of ground forces who have perished, often at a rate of more than 1,000 per day, with foreign mercenaries and untrained former prisoner convicts.

Overall, Russia has more than three times the population of Ukraine, making it easier to toss in so-called “meat grinder” assaults at Ukrainian positions.

Ukraine is also having difficulty withstanding attacks due to lack of munitions and weapons from the West, notably from Washington, DC, upon whom it has been mostly dependent, and whose lower house in the legislature has stalled on provisions for months.

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Open-source intelligence site Indications and Warnings noted that up to 400,000 additional Russians will be called up to reinforce the invasion.

Its daily war update said that “heavy combat continues” near Avdiivka,  which took Russia nearly 10 years to conquer since the Russo-Ukrainian war started in early 2014.

“Russian [military] formations continue attempts to push West,” the report said.

Putin – through presidential decrees – has illegally enshrined four Ukrainian regions as parts of the Russian Federation: Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.

Invading Russian forces do not fully control any of the aforementioned regions.

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Thinker
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Over the next 24 months Russia is on track to will run out 90% 0f its remaining experienced soldiers, tanks, artillery and infantry fighting vehicles, and funding.
At that point Ukraine can dictate its terms to stop the fighting.
Meantime it will be correct to signal all mediators like Erdogan, the pope, etc that Russia would have to compensate Ukraine fully, and cede prime Russian territory and assets.
Then Putin might finally get that time is not on his side.

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Gregc
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The USA continues its shameful lack of support while Ukraine is being destroyed

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