After the withdrawal of some units of PMC "Wagner" from Bakhmut and its environs, the role of Russian saboteurs increases in the city.
This is stated in a new report by the UK Ministry of Defense on Twitter.
The Russian leadership decided to replace the "Wagnerites" with regular units of the Russian army, in particular paratroopers.
"The Russian airborne forces are beginning to play an increasingly significant role in Bakhmut: units of the 76th and 106th divisions and two additional separate airborne brigades have now been deployed to the sector," the review says.
Despite significant losses of its "elite" status, the report notes, the Russian Federation still managed to save part of this more professional reserve.
Since they have now had to be deployed to hold the front line in Bakhmut, it is likely that Russian forces as a whole will have less ability to respond to difficulties at the operational level.
Meanwhile, the leader of Russian mercenaries of the so-called PMC "Wagner" Yevgeny Prigozhin accused representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense of mining the routes for retreat from Bakhmut.
The day before, Prigozhin said that on June 1, a significant part of his mercenaries left Bakhmut.
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