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Intelligence reported on the number of Russian land forces in the war

Feb 21, 2024

The ground part of the Russian troops grouping on the territory of Ukraine now amounts to about 470,000 servicemen. Aviation and the navy are also involved in strikes and operations, Vadym Skibitsky, a spokesman for the GUR, told Interfax-Ukraine.

"If we talk about what has changed over this time, it is the size of the grouping deployed on our territory. Currently, the land component, the land part of the grouping located on the territory of Ukraine is about 470,000 servicemen. And this is only the land component, I do not take aviation, do not include the navy, which is also involved in operations, in strikes," he explained.

A new component of Russia's troops has even appeared in the occupied territories - a grouping of the Rosgvardia has been deployed. It includes about 33,000 servicemen.

"These are the people who ensure the activities of the occupation authorities, the protection of strategic facilities and, if necessary, can perform defense tasks specifically in the temporarily occupied territories," Skibitsky explained.

In addition, there is an additional grouping of the so-called cover of the Russian state border. They are deployed on the territory of three Russian regions directly bordering Ukraine: Belgorod, Kursk, and Bryansk (about 30,000 servicemen). The GUR representative emphasized that this was due to Russians' fear that "we will be more active, we will carry out appropriate actions on the territory of Russia".

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 22/02/2024

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