Former Wagner fighters storming Ukrainian positions near Kupyansk, Gen. Syrskyi says

Wagner PVC
Wagner PVC

Russia is using former Wagner mercenaries to storm Ukrainian positions in the Kupyansk sector, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the Ukrainian Army, said in a Telegram post on Nov. 27.

The Russians continue to actively advance in the area of responsibility of the Khortytsia operational-strategic military group, Syrskyi said.

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In the Kupyansk sector in eastern Ukraine, units assembled from former Russian Storm, Storm Z, and Storm V convicts are also being used to storm Ukrainian positions, Syrskyi noted.

The Russian invasion forces have had no success in this area as fighting continues near Ivanivka and Synkivka in Kharkiv Oblast.

The Russian military is trying to assault near the Serebryanskyi forest in the Lyman sector using bombers, fighter aircraft, and helicopters for fire support, the commander said.

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In the Bakhmut sector, the aggressor continues to try to force Ukrainian troops from their positions in Klishchiyivka. In this area, Russians have intensified the use of kamikaze drones, but they have had no success, Syrskyi said.

Since the beginning of the month, the Russian army has lost 8,690 personnel. Also, 1,002 pieces of military equipment were destroyed or damaged, including 109 tanks, 175 armored combat vehicles, and more than 200 artillery systems and mortars of various calibers.

On Nov. 26, Volodymyr Fitio, head of the public relations service of the Ground Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that the Russian troops are trying to find a weakness in the defense of Kupyansk in order to reoccupy it.

Earlier, UK intelligence reported that the Russian leadership was beginning to "rehabilitate" some elements of the Wagner PMC after the militants' failed rebellion in June. UK intel also claimed that Russia was trying to strengthen its control over the Wagner mercenaries or assimilate them into other military units.

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