The Russian military keeps up an offensive in the Kupiansk direction in attempts to seize Kupiansk and the left bank of the Oskil River. For that, they gather additional forces — among them, 250 “wagnerites.” 

Ivan Shevtsov, an aide to the head of the 15th mobile border unit Steel Border (“Stalevyi Kordon” in Ukrainian — ed.), talked about this in the ether of Suspilne. Sprotyv

“Our information shows that “Wagnerites” will predominantly be there to direct the assaults. Assault units comprise both units from the regular army and fighters from so-called “Shturm” and “Shturm Z” units (“Assault” and “Assault Z” — ed.),” Shevtsov said. 

On November 5, the Ukrainian military fought off about six Russian assaults in the Kupiansk direction. Russians usually conduct offensive actions in groups of 20–30 soldiers with military equipment: a tank, an IFV, or an APC. 

As the weather worsened, the Russian army started to include less military equipment in assaults, the border guard says. 

“We [make such conclusions] based on the number of destroyed equipment: if during the past day, our defense forces destroyed 38 units of [Russian] equipment, then during this day, [we destroyed] only 18. That isn’t that the way we work got worse — it’s because Russia uses military equipment less. Assault soldiers aren’t affected by the weather; Russia throws them into the offensive despite the weather, so they keep up the assault,” Shevtsov said. 

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