The success of the Ukrainian counter-offensive has spoiled the mood of the pro-Russian inhabitants of the territories occupied by Russia. The collaborators no longer like the “special operation” and the government’s actions in the Kremlin. The mood got even worse when … it turned out that Russian passports issued in the occupied territories were not recognized by the Russian Federation.
“To those who tried to leave the” LDNR ” [Ługańską i Doniecką Republikę Ludową] with such a passport, it is said on the Russian border that “you are nobody and you have no name” “
– informs the Ukrainian intelligence.
The services also received information that on December 1, 2022, the forces of the Russian Federation are to leave part of the occupied territories on their own, and that responsibility for them will be taken over by … volunteer battalions.
The American Institute for War Studies reports that Russian troops, officials and collaborators are fleeing from the part of Kharkiv Oblast liberated by the Ukrainians.
The think tank also points out that the head of a private Russian mercenary company, the so-called The Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, referred to as “Putin’s cook”, personally recruited prisoners for the war in Ukraine. Prigozhin was also supposed to confirm that Russian prisoners have been fighting in Ukraine since July 1, and played an important role in the seizure of Vuhlehirskaya Thermal Power Plant in the Donetsk Oblast.
According to the Institute of Internal Affairs, Prigozhin is becoming the face of a “special military operation” in Russia. He is trying to regain the support of nationalists and bloggers disappointed with Russia’s failures in the Kharkiv region, blaming the defense minister Sergei Shoigu for these failures, experts say.
Actions at the front
The Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region in the northeast of Ukraine continues to weaken Russian troops by threatening Russian artillery and anti-aircraft defense, the latest think tank report said.
Ukrainian and Russian sources also reported on Ukrainian-led attacks in the north of Kherson Oblast in the southern part of the country, but there were no reports of major territorial gains in the region
The Russians, on the other hand, most likely attacked the hydrotechnical infrastructure in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in order to disrupt the ability of Ukrainian forces to operate around the Ingulec River. They also continued land attacks around Bakhmut and Donetsk, assesses the ISW.
In the Kharkiv direction, however, the Russians fled the Ukrainian counter-offensive in great panic, as indicated by the equipment left behind.
– The fleeing Russians abandoned very valuable equipment that allowed them to wage war based on artillery. These included at least one Zoopark artillery reconnaissance radar and at least one 1V14 artillery command and control vehicle. This shows the disorganization in the retreat of some Russian units and most likely the collapse of command in some places, according to the daily report of the British Ministry of Defense.
Source: gur.gov.ua, niezalezna.pl