The Institute for the Study of Warfare says Russia’s war efforts around Bakhmut in Ukraine suggest Moscow’s forces fundamentally failed to learn from previous high-loss campaigns focused on targets of operational importance. or limited strategy.
President Vladimir Putin’s troops have continuously deployed their combat force to small settlements around Bakhmut since late May; over the past six months, they’ve only made small gains, a few miles at a time.
ISW says Russia’s manpower and equipment are running out after previous attempts to advance on Bakhmut pinned down troops in relatively insignificant settlements for weeks and months at a stretch .
This pattern of operations reflects Russian efforts to take Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk earlier in the war.
Experts say that Ukrainian forces essentially allowed Russian troops to concentrate their efforts on Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in June and July this year, two towns close to the border of the Luhansk region of limited operational and strategic importance, in order to take advantage of the continued degradation of Russian forces and weapons.
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