Ukrainian offensive forces Russia to draw forces to occupied South – Ukrainian intel

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Russia is moving large numbers of troops to Ukraine’s south through the newly occupied territories and Crimea in response to Ukraine’s offensive there, Ukraine’s deputy head of military intelligence Vadym Skibitskyi told Guardian.

Skibitsky told that Russia withdrew tactical groups of airborne forces from Donbas two weeks ago and moved them to occupied Kherson. Russia is also moving troops from its eastern military district which had been attacking Sloviansk.

However, Russia would continue to attack in Donbas, although with a smaller intensity.

Skibitsky also said Russia is creating rifle battalions of reservists in each Russian military district and a third army corps in the western military district. If it wins the battles in SE Ukraine, it would use them to capture new territory, so a lot depends on the outcome of this battle.

Skibitsky also said that aside from more weapons, Ukraine needed help training troops abroad.

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