Russian forces expand from 160 to 190 battalions in Donetsk direction

Russian forces expand from 160 to 190 battalions in Donetsk direction

Russia is pulling troops to the Donetsk direction and has expanded manpower numbers from 160 to 190 battalions there, which may indicate preparations for the major offensive around February 24.

The relevant statement was made by Avdiivka Military Civil Administration Head Vitalii Barabash on Espreso TV Channel, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“According to the intelligence data, Russians are pulling additional forces to the Donetsk direction (Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Marinka). Several weeks ago, about 160 battalions were concentrated there, and now there are already 190. Even if their units are under strength, this is a lot of people. We understand that, most likely, they are preparing for something. Most likely, they will launch the offensive on February 24,” Barabash told.

In his words, at the moment, Russians are not throwing large forces on assaults but trying to advance in small groups.

“In my opinion, there will be missile strikes on regional centers on February 24. On the front line, they will launch an attack across all or most directions. For this purpose, they have moved up reserves,” Barabash concluded.

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