The ability of both sides to form and deploy reserve units at the front is likely to become increasingly important to the outcome of the war.
Russia is most likely preparing to try to deploy a large number of reserve units to the Donbass.
This is stated in the latest intelligence review of the British Ministry of Defense.
Intelligence notes heavy shelling in Donbas continues as Russia seeks to encircle the Severodonetsk area through Izyum to the north and Popasna to the south.
It is noted that the ability of both sides to form and deploy reserve units at the front is likely to become increasingly important for the outcome of the war.
Separately, British intelligence describes the situation with losses in the ranks of the self-proclaimed “DNR”.
The Russian authorities have not published data on the total number of military casualties in Ukraine since March 25. However, the pseudo-republic itself, as of June 16, has recognized 2,128 servicemen dead and 8,897 wounded since the beginning of 2022.
“The DPR casualty rate is equivalent to about 55% of their original strength, which highlights the extreme attrition of Russian and pro-Russian forces in the Donbas. It is highly likely that the DPR forces are equipped with outdated weapons and equipment,” the intelligence agency notes.
Recall that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the British that they need “prepare for a long waras Putin resorts to a campaign of attrition.