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From the Institute for the Study of War's "Russian Offensive Campaign Offensive, September 2022)" (www.understandingwar.org

Russian authorities continue to send newly-mobilized and undertrained recruits to directly reinforce severely degraded remnants of various units, including units that were previously considered to be Russia's premier conventional fighting forces. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that newly-mobilized Russian men arrived to reinforce elements of the 1st Tank Regiment of the 2nd Motorized Rifle Division of the 1st Guards Tank Army in unspecified areas of Ukraine with no training at all.[8] Social media footage from September 27 shows a Russian soldier mobilized into the 1st Tank Regiment explaining that he will be sent to fight in Kherson Oblast within two days without any basic training, as ISW reported yesterday.[9] The 1st Guards Tank Army was considered Russia's premier mechanized force prior to February 24, and that fact that its elements are being reinforced with poorly disciplined, untrained men is consistent with ISW's previous assessments that even Russia's most elite units have sustained substantial losses in Ukraine and are therefore increasingly degraded.[10] The addition of newly mobilized forces to elements of the 1st Guards Tank Army is unlikely to lend these units any decisive combat power.

The outfit referred to has long been held up as a model, a real gun-ho, ready-to-go formation.

Peter Olandt's "The Russian Mobilization is Best Understood in the Context of the BTG" (www.dailykos.com), that army's standard Battalion Tactical Group arrangement of forces, is an interesting read.

In order to function as designed, the BTG requires "meat shields," troops whose job it is to get the enemy to start blasting away at them in order to reveal positions.

The conscripts are the new "meat shields" for the BTGs, the others having become ... unoperational.

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