According to the ministry’s assessment, it is highly likely that Russian commanders will continue to face the competing operational priorities of strengthening the Donbas offensive and strengthening defenses against prospects. Ukrainian counterattack in the south.
It states that Russia plans to obtain the bulk of 3 AC from the newly formed “volunteer” battalions, which are being raised throughout the country and which collectively recruit from the same area.
“Russian regional politicians have confirmed that potential 3 AC recruits are being offered lucrative cash bonuses after being deployed to Ukraine,” the ministry said.
“Recruitment is open to men up to age 50 and with only a high-school education. The Russian Army Corps typically consists of 15-20,000 soldiers, but the very limited level of popular enthusiasm to volunteer for combat in Ukraine may make it difficult for Russia to bring 3 AC up to this strength.
According to UK Intelligence, “3 AC’s influence on the campaign is unlikely to be decisive.”
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