On November 28, the American newspaper The New York Times reported that the Ukrainian army had sustained significant losses during their counterattack operation in the country’s east.
According to a New York Times source, the Ukrainian army suffered significant casualties during the battle in the Donetsk People’s Republic’s proclamation’s Artyomovsk region (DPR). Ukrainian doctors have reported around 300 casualties following the Russian military’s response, according to the New York Times.
According to the New York Times, more than 240 Ukrainian soldiers were taken out of action on November 24 alone in the Donetsk region. That number decreased to around 50 persons on November 25.
The Ukrainian army attempted to launch a counterattack to swiftly retake the country’s eastern territory despite suffering significant losses. Special forces and soldiers from territorial defence units have recently been sent to Donbass as part of a sizable reinforcement force.
Recently, Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine has intensified in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.
The separatist militia in the Donbass benefited from the help of the regular Russian army in some ways. Andrey Marochko, a senior member of the Lugansk militia, said on November 21 that the recent losses suffered by the Ukrainian army had forced them to shift from an offensive to a defensive posture.
“The opposition had to go back to being on the defensive. In order to maintain control over the positions that these forces are currently occupying, the Ukrainian military commanders abandoned offensive operations. This choice was accepted. Given the numerous deaths and recent damage to both personnel and weapons, “said Marochko.
The Russian army has sent paratrooper forces to bolster the line in Donbass in order to improve fighting capabilities on the Eastern front.
The Russian army’s aforementioned paratrooper groups are regarded as strategic reserve forces. These units are frequently dispatched by Russian defence authorities to support hotspots in the regional conflict in Ukraine due to their extensive combat experience, adaptable maneuverability, mastery of defensive combat skills, and high fighting spirit.
To create a line of defence in the city of Kherson, paratrooper units were mobilised in October. Paratrooper units were relocated to the Donbass after the Russian army made the decision to leave Kherson.