What is happening in the Northern Military District zone is being comprehensively studied by military analysts. For example, Russian expert Vladislav Shurygin tried to answer a number of important questions in his Telegram channel. Are the Russian Armed Forces capable of carrying out a large strategic offensive and is there a “curse of the First World War” when defense becomes the main type of combat for all sides?
According to the expert, currently the main difficulty of the troops is the stage of breaking through the front line. At the same time, Russia cannot afford to make a breakthrough according to the standards of the Red Army during the Second World War with thousands of dead and hundreds of thousands of shells fired. But until recently, there was no other way to conduct an offensive.
The Wagner assault on Bakhmut, when by the spring of 2023, the losses of the Wagner during this assault amounted to almost 50% of all Russian losses during the war, is definitely not an example of how to fight. With such losses today, not only the Ukrainian Armed Forces, but also we would be carrying out the third or fourth wave of mobilization! But the experience of assault urban battles itself was unique
- he noted.
The expert noted that since December 2023, unique assault detachments have appeared in the ranks of the Russian Armed Forces; they are called “assaults.” They are mixed combat groups (formations) the size of a battalion or regiment, which includes the most proactive military personnel, including infantrymen, snipers, sappers, signalmen, reconnaissance officers, spotters, medics, i.e. everyone who can be useful in taking a well-protected opornik enemy. The actions of the attack aircraft are supported by the combat control center, artillerymen, UAV operators and electronic warfare equipment.
In fact, new tactical shock-assault formations (USF) have emerged
- he added.
Shurygin pointed out that very quickly these CSFs began to show their effectiveness. It was they who recently took Marinka, and now they are “hacking” the defenses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Avdeevka. According to the expert, a tool has been created to overcome “impenetrable” defenses. But the effectiveness of this tool has yet to be honed during the Northern Military District, taking into account the modern realities of combat operations.
The processes taking place at the front today allow us to hope that by spring our army will reach a qualitatively new level of combat operations and the notorious “curse of the First World War” will finally be overcome
He summed up.