During the liberation of Andriivka, the Armed Forces of Ukraine completely destroyed the 72nd Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Russian Federation, including three battalion commanders. After such losses, the brigade will need serious recovery, which will take a long time. However, the enemy army has the resources to continue trying to stop the offensive of the Ukrainian army.

This was stated on the air of the FREEDOM TV channel by military expert Vladislav Seleznyov.

Why Russia Is Sending Senior Officers To The Front Lines

"How many years does it take to train a highly professional battalion commander? 4-5 years of military school, then promotion of at least 7 years for the officer to acquire skills and gain relevant experience. Accordingly, the elimination of at least three unit commanders from this brigade is a good result," the expert says.

"It shows that Russia is forced to send its senior officers to the front line, directly to the front line. This is due to the fact that there is a shortage of junior commanders, the level of motivation of Russian servicemen is extremely low, and senior military officials and officials are forced to demonstrate certain capabilities directly on the battlefield by personal example," he continued.

How Russia will recover from losses

Of course, Seleznyov believes, after such losses, most likely, units of the same brigade will be withdrawn deep into the enemy's rear in order to carry out recovery measures and to carry out certain rotational measures.

"It's logical. This brigade has been battered and will need quite a lot of time to restore the appropriate capabilities. We must understand that the reserves of the Russian army are not yet small," the expert said.

Does the Russian Federation have enough resources?

"The other day, there was information from the head of the press service of the Eastern Group of Forces, Ilya Yevlash, that 52 thousand Russian troops are concentrated in the Bakhmut direction. This is not a small amount of human resources, and, accordingly, equipment, weapons and ammunition," he said.

"The enemy army has all these resources in order to continue trying to stop the offensive of the Ukrainian army. Therefore, the war continues. I think that both September and at least the first decade of October will be quite dynamic in terms of active hostilities directly on the battlefield," Seleznyov summed up.

Recall that the liberation of the village of Andriivka opens the way to the encirclement of Bakhmut. This was reported by military expert Oleksandr Musienko.