ISW: new Russian "Shturm-Z" units will not be combat-ready

The RF Armed Forces are creating Shturm-Z company detachments to attack urban areas and conduct combat operations in complex geographical areas. According to experts from the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), these groups will not be able to act effectively enough.

Each such company includes about a hundred military personnel. These formations will also be designed to capture enemy strongholds and communication centers. The institute believes that new detachments will be sent to the front line between Avdiivka and Donetsk to assist the troops of the Southern Military District.

At the same time, ISW doubts that Shturm-Z will have a noticeable impact on the course of hostilities, since it takes a lot of time to train squads and achieve combat coherence between them.

The effectiveness of the actions of these units is questionable, since they receive only 10-15 days of accelerated training.

- sure at the Institute for the Study of War.

Meanwhile, the British Defense Ministry reports on the success of the RF Armed Forces in Artemovsk (Bakhmut). They indicated that Russian units advanced in the city center and took control of the western bank of the Bakhmutka River. Under the threat of capture by the RF Armed Forces is the supply line of Ukrainian troops 0506 to the west of the village. In this area, the Russian side uses artillery very effectively.
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) April 8 2023 10: 38
    Empty chatter, wait and see, time will tell who is right and who is wrong !!!
  2. zuuukoo Offline zuuukoo
    zuuukoo (Sergei) April 8 2023 11: 32
    A year has passed since the beginning.
    6 years from the battles for Aleppo (with the active participation of at least the military advisers of the Ministry of Defense).
    This is not counting the Chechen campaigns.
    77 years of Victory in the Second World War. There, by the way, at a certain stage of the war, separate engineering assault brigades were created.

    And then, suddenly, the Defense Ministry had a brilliant idea to create specialized units for urban battles.
    The author of such a fresh and original idea aims only at the star of the hero and the government award.
  3. zuuukoo Offline zuuukoo
    zuuukoo (Sergei) April 8 2023 11: 53
    Z. Y. : Considering the past year and the current information background, the question remains about the place of application of the detachments: Kharkov and Kherson or Donetsk and Melitopol.
  4. assault 2019 Offline assault 2019
    assault 2019 (assault 2019) April 8 2023 12: 41
    Company assault groups do not have sufficient reserve firepower and the necessary human resources.
    The assault on Artemovsk showed that the assault on several blocks at once, rather than individual buildings, turned out to be much more effective.
    The enemy did not have time to take up defense in a neighboring building and rolled back several blocks at once.

    However, in order to organize a coordinated assault on several city blocks, provided with fire support from artillery, mortars, armored vehicles and UAVs, we need not separate company assault groups, but professionally trained assault regiments or brigades provided with special equipment, weapons and equipment that have undergone combat coordination and operate under a single command.
    1. ont65 Offline ont65
      ont65 (Oleg) April 9 2023 00: 48
      The actions of the regiments and brigades will still be reduced to the work on individual objects of dedicated assault groups of different sizes and composition with common elements of coordination and support.
    2. Dan Offline Dan
      Dan (Daniel) April 10 2023 08: 19
      Quote: assault 2019
      However, in order to organize a coordinated assault on several city blocks, provided with fire support from artillery, mortars, armored vehicles and UAVs, not separate company assault groups are needed.

      Even several quarters consist of individual buildings and structures. Therefore, the mastery of them will break up into the capture of individual apartment buildings. Accordingly, an assault regiment or brigade will consist of smaller units prepared for the assault of large buildings, which, nevertheless, have a completely limited typical design. Of course, in such a regiment or brigade, in addition to the main units, there will be an additional set of reinforcement units to respond to changing situations and create advantages at the enemy's point of weakness. The idea of ​​​​assault units is really not new, it is still from the Second World War, it is only being developed taking into account changes in the construction design and equipment of the army of today. So the creation of assault companies does not at all contradict the ideas of "capturing quarters" or building complexes. It fits in organically. Assault companies are just "cubes" from which it will be possible to add up a larger unit or unit. There is no need to have firepower reserves in the companies. These reserves will be created as part of a general tactical task by a more senior commander (from the battalion commander and above) from the same assault companies and attached forces from a regiment or division, or even higher authorities.