Ukraine War

British Intelligence Ukraine war map as of May. 29

British Intelligence Update as of May 29:

On 24 May 2023, Russia conducted a security exercise around the Crimea Bridge, which links the Russian city of Kerch to the occupied peninsula. This included the creation of a smoke screen, partially masking the bridge.

The smoke screen was laid by TDA-3 truck-mounted smoke generators, likely of the 28th Brigade of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops.

Russian doctrine considers the use of smoke part of maskirovka (camouflage and deception) – upon which it places strong emphasis.

However, in practice, Russian maskirovka has generally been ineffectual in the Ukraine war, likely because of a lack of a strong central planning function and poor low-level battle discipline.

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