The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) has reported that Russia deployed about 2,000 military personnel from the occupied territories of Georgia, forming five battalion tactical groups (BTGs) to reinforce its military bases in South Ossetia and Abkhazia to strengthen the Russian army attacking Ukraine.
“In order to recruit the armed forces of the Russian Federation, units of the 4th (Tskhinvali region, South Ossetia) and 7th (Abkhazia) military contingents based in Russia-occupied Georgia (part of Russia’s Southern Military District) were transferred to the territory of Ukraine. Three BTGs were created from units of the 4th military base and sent to Ukraine with a total number of up to 1,200 people of Russian and Ossetian military personnel… Two units of the 7th Military Base were formed, which is about 800 people.,” the AFU said on Wednesday.
According to the AFU operational update, Russian forces have also continued to deploy military equipment between residential buildings in the Russian-occupied areas in Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, and have set up checkpoints on the outskirts of the city of Melitopol to strengthen their control over the area.
The update also said that “the Russian enemy continues to loot the homes and apartments of local residents, detain pro-Ukrainian activists and government officials in Ukraine.”
Russia would mobilize another group of soldiers from the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region from April 1, AFU added.
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