The intelligence services of the United Kingdom emphasized this Wednesday that Russia was stationed in eastern Ukraine “for the first time.” Members of a new formation of the armed forces as part of the invasion of the neighboring country, which was unleashed in February 2022 on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Elements of the new 25th Combined Arms Army (25 CAA) have most likely been deployed to Ukraine for the first time. Training is likely to focus on the Lugansk province, they said, according to a statement released by the British Ministry of Defense through its account on the social network X, formerly known as Twitter.
They also noted that “recruitment announcements for the 25th CAA indicated that it would not deploy to Ukraine until December 2023,” adding that “it is likely that the units will be deployed in part for this reason.” ” “Russia continues to suffer strain on its forces at the front, and Ukraine continues its counteroffensive along three different axes.”
“However, there is also a realistic possibility that Russia will seek to use elements of the 25 CAA to regenerate an unassigned reserve force on the ground to give commanders more operational flexibility,” British intelligence agencies have found.
Founding of the 25th CAA
The 25th Combined Arms Army of the Russian Land Forces is the reserve of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and began forming in early June 2023 on the basis of the administrative military unit, according to a statement from the Russian Federation’s American non-profit organization, Global Security.
In addition, the organization assumes that the strength of the new 25th Army of Russia will be about 30,000 contract soldiers, consisting of at least two motorized rifle divisions, tanks, and artillery battalions.