Ukraine War

British Intelligence Ukraine war map as of Dec. 15

As the conflict in Ukraine unfolds, British Intelligence offers a glimpse into the recent developments on the front lines, shedding light on the challenges faced by Russia’s military forces. The focus of attention is the newly-formed 104th Guards Airborne Division (104 GAD) of the VDV (Russia’s airborne forces), which, according to the latest update as of December 15, faced a significant setback during its combat debut in Kherson Oblast.

In the early days of December 2023, the 104 GAD engaged in operations as part of Russia’s Dnipro Group of Forces, attempting to dislodge the Ukrainian bridgehead near the village of Krynky on the east bank of the Dnipro River. However, the intelligence report suggests that the division highly likely suffered exceptionally heavy losses and failed to achieve its objectives.

One notable factor contributing to the setback was the reported lack of adequate support for 104 GAD. The division was seemingly poorly supported by airpower and artillery, exacerbating the challenges faced on the ground. Additionally, concerns were raised about the experience level of many of the troops involved in the operation, suggesting a potential lack of seasoned personnel within the division.

The aftermath of this operation has not only left the 104 GAD reeling but has also led to calls for the resignation of Colonel General Mikhail Teplinsky, the Commander of the Dnipro Group of Forces. Teplinsky, known for his reputation as one of the more capable Russian field commanders in the war, faces criticism from Russian ‘milbloggers,’ further straining his standing.

In his routine role as the commanding general of the VDV, Teplinsky’s leadership is now under scrutiny following the operational setback in Kherson Oblast. The incident marks a significant blow to his previously esteemed reputation, emphasizing the complexities and challenges faced by Russian military forces in the ongoing conflict.

As the dynamics of the Ukraine War continue to evolve, this intelligence update provides a snapshot of the hurdles encountered by Russian forces in the field. The setbacks experienced by the 104th Guards Airborne Division underscore the fluid nature of the conflict and its implications on the strategic decisions made by military commanders.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *