Ukraine: Russia using 'bloodthirsty tactics' to secure cities says Bell
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Russian forces operating in the Donbas region are set to launch a “bloodthirsty” attack in an urgent attempt to expand their territory. Putin’s target to conquer the eastern region of Ukraine has forced the Russian military to engage in a “war of attrition” that troops will struggle to maintain for the long term. Retired Air Vice-Marshal, Sean Bell explained the Russian invaders had resorted to desperate strategy in order to achieve Putin’s military aims despite weakening resources.
Speaking to Sky News, the military expert said: “They’ve got clear objectives and that is Luhansk falling first and then Donetsk.”
He continued: “They’re trying to do that in a much more militaristic way now, in bite-size portions.
“The first part of that is Severodonetsk, which is the main focus of the fighting at the moment.”
Severodonetsk, a Ukrainian controlled region of the Donbas, has come under violent attack from Russian forces as they pressure the area to fall to Putin’s control.
Mr Bell added: “What Russia will be seeking to do is to seal off the city, stop the lines of communication and all of the supplies for the Ukrainian forces.”
The military analyst suggested Russian troops would then enact distressing tactics as Putin’s soldiers come under increasing pressure from the Kremlin to advance in Ukraine.
Mr Bell said: “Then, resort to the kind of mediaeval, bloodthirsty, devastating war of attrition, which they’ve done before.
“It is incredibly costly, but it seems to be the only way that they can secure Putin’s desire to see some form of progress.”
The “bloodthirsty” approach of Russian forces was presented as a desperate manoeuvre to satisfy Putin’s desire to conquer Ukraine.
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Russian forces have been recognised for brutal tactics across Ukraine at other points in the war.
In the attempted siege of Kyiv, Russian military forces used an extremely aggressive strategy to take control of surrounding towns.
A UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has already established evidence of war crimes and distressing civilian murders in towns like Bucha.
A statement from the United Nations said: “In Bucha and other suburban towns north of the capital that were overrun by Russian troops, human rights investigators recorded the unlawful killing of over 300 men, women, and children.”
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Despite the clear aggression of Russian strategy, the military expert suggested Putin’s military may already be significantly weakened.
“We don’t know what Russian morale is like at the moment from the troops but they are certainly getting through people and equipment at a tremendous rate.”
Mr Bell suggested the “bloodthirsty” tactics of Russian invasion would not be sustainable as the military will struggle for sufficient artillery and troops to continue their attack.
He said: “Most Western analysts believe that the attrition of the Russian forces is just not sustainable – they will have to have some form of operational pause at some stage.”
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