"Some have 10-15% of personnel left": Ukrainian Armed Forces report on Storm-Z losses in Tauride sector
The Russian occupation forces continue to suffer losses in the Tauride sector. In the Storm and Storm-Z units, formed mainly of prisoners, 10-15% of the original personnel remain in service.
At the same time, desertion among the Russian occupiers is flourishing in Donetsk region. This was stated by Oleksandr Stupun, spokesman for the Joint Press Center of the Tauride Defense Forces, during a telethon.
"The Storm and Storm-Z units, which the enemy abandons first, suffer very significant losses. Some of them have 10-15% of their personnel left of the original number. But the Russian command and the Russian leadership continue to try to form new similar units, including on the territory of Russia," said Stupun.
Today, the Storm and Storm-Z units are a kind of penalty battalions. They include prisoners recruited in colonies, as well as soldiers who have received disciplinary sanctions. Stupun called them future suicide bombers.
Huge losses could not but affect the morale of the Russian occupiers. In particular, the number of deserters among the invaders is constantly growing in the Donetsk region. Even the barrier detachments used by the occupiers there could not help.
"Over the last day, total enemy losses in the Tavria operational area amounted to 456 people. Also, 19 units of enemy military equipment were destroyed," added Stupun.
Earlier, it became known that during the full-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 15 Russian ships and damaged another 12 . Therefore, the occupiers, who considered themselves the undisputed masters of the Black Sea, are forced to limit their actions and withdraw the fleet away from the Ukrainian coastline controlled by the Defense Forces.