"Barrier troops are behind the occupiers": Ukrainian Armed Forces told how many Russian invaders surrendered per day near Bakhmut
Almost every day, Russian occupiers are captured by Ukrainian defenders near Bakhmut. However, not many mercenaries of the Wagner PMC surrender, as barrier troops operate behind their backs.
Serhii Cherevatyi, a representative of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told this on Radio Liberty. "There are two or three occupiers per day in this direction. Sometimes more are captured [by the Ukrainian Armed Forces - Ed.]," he said.
According to the serviceman, Wagnerites are mostly operating in the Bakhmut direction, and they have only one motive to attack - under the threat of death.
"When you have a barrier troops behind you, roughly speaking, and a motivated armed enemy is waiting for you ahead, you are not very likely to surrender. Mostly it's when the assault groups are defeated and someone is left 'unkilled' that they surrender," said a representative of the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Barrier troops (or anti-retreat forces) are units that are placed behind the main forces to prevent escape from the battlefield, catch spies, and return fugitives and stragglers. The most "famous" barrier troops were in the Red Army and the NKVD troops in the USSR army.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, according to NATO intelligence, Russia is losing five times as many people in Bakhmut as Ukraine, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine have a chance to seize the initiative in the war.
At the same time, the Russian command has begun to deploy "elite troops" to the Bakhmut area - the Wagner PMC is running out of steam.
The U.S. State Department believes that the occupiers are trying to capture Bakhmut to show at least some success, but Russia will still fail.
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