Russia deployed 'elite' units to reinforce important sectors on the front: ISW pointed out the enemy's problems. Map
The Russian military command continues to expend relatively elite airborne forces, sending them to defend vulnerable positions against Ukrainian counterattacks. At present, we are talking about the Zaporizhzhya direction of the front, where the occupants are suffering losses.
In the network appeared footage that confirms that the Russian troops do not control part of the settlements, no matter how propagandists assure the opposite. This was pointed out by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Thus, on August 27, the Russians circulated a video with the alleged destruction of a Ukrainian armored personnel carrier near the village of Robotine in Zaporizhzhya. But the investigators noted that the occupants had actually filmed the strike of their Lancet drone on their own BTR-82A (abandoned or damaged) near this village.
"This second new APC loss means they are not in control of Robotino, actively counterattacking the village but are unable to do so," reads the caption to the video on social network X (formerly Twitter).
It has been established that servicemen of the 76th Guards Airborne Assault Division of the Russian Airborne Troops resorted to this method of gaining "success" on the front.
As ISW noted, the published footage shows that the Russian military command has moved its units from the Kremenna neighborhood in the Luhansk region to the south - to reinforce positions near Robotino.
Renee emphasized that elements of almost all Russian Airborne Forces formations operate in areas where Ukrainian forces are conducting counter-offensive operations, and this lateral redeployment further suggests that the occupiers may use "elite" units to reinforce critical sections of the front line.
Prior to that, Russia redeployed the 7th Guards Mountain Division of the Airborne Forces from Kherson region to support its defenses in the east and west of Zaporizhzhya region, and redeployed other Airborne Forces forces from Luhansk region to defend against Ukrainian counterattacks on the flanks of Bakhmut.
According to analysts, Russian military commanders have consistently relied on paratrooper formations for both offensive and defensive forces, and they have likely degraded because of their high operational tempo.
"Degradation of these forces could weaken Russia's ability to conduct complex defensive operations and would almost certainly undermine any intentions of Russia to resume large-scale offensive operations, which have predominantly relied on the relatively elite infantry that the Russian Federation now lacks," ISW believes.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, August 28 in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine officially confirmed the liberation of the village of Robotine in the Tokmak district of Zaporizhzhya region. It emphasized that the defenders are consolidating on the occupied positions and continue to advance.
It is known that in this area the AFU broke through the first line of defense of the RF Armed Forces. The occupants built a huge number of engineering fortifications and minefields near the village, so the advance of the Defense Forces was extremely difficult.