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Ukraine LIVE: Putin shamed as quarter of troops 'combat ineffective' – Russia hit by blast

NewsUkraine LIVE: Putin shamed as quarter of troops 'combat ineffective' – Russia hit by blast


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) reports that Russia committed more than 120 battalion tactical groups at the beginning of the war but more than a quarter of these groups have now been rendered “combat ineffective”. The MoD adds: “Some of Russia’s most elite units, including the VDV Airborne Forces, have suffered the highest levels of attrition. It will probably take years for Russia to reconstitute these forces.” The intelligence comes amid reports of explosions ringing out in the southern Russian region, Belgorod. Vyacheslav Gladkov, the region’s mayor, said there was no significant damage or casualties in the two blasts that struck on Monday morning.

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