Russia is using the 1st Guards Tank Army, which suffered significant losses during the retreat from the Kharkiv region in September 2022, to defend the city of Svatove in the Luhansk region.
The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain reported this
“Units of the 1st Guards Tank Army (1st GTA) of Russia are probably deployed on the defense line near the town of Svatove, Luhansk region,” the message says.
The ministry notes that the supposedly elite 1st GTA suffered significant losses at the beginning of the war, particularly during the retreat from the Kharkiv region in September 2022.
“Now it has probably been partially reinforced by mobilized reservists, although it remains smaller than the authorized number of more than 25,000 people,” analysts believe.
At the same time, Russia has completed an almost continuous system of trenches along 60 kilometers between Svatove and the Russian border.
“Despite the duration of these works, the depth of the defensive structures remains unclear. The effectiveness of defensive operations of the 1st GTA and other formations will largely depend on the volume of mutually supported reserve positions,” added the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom.
Source: Social News