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Russian military in Ukraine employing 'amoebic' tactics, says Estonian General Staff

Russian military in Ukraine employing 'amoebic' tactics, says Estonian General Staff Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Russian military in Ukraine is using the so-called amoeba tactic. Since they do not have the capabilities for a deep breakthrough, they are experimenting with small forces everywhere and hope that somewhere there will be a chance, says Major General Enno Mots, Chief of the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces.

He notes that Russian attacks on Kharkiv have recently become more frequent, and Moscow's propaganda channels are calling for the Ukrainian city to be wiped off the map.

According to Mots, it is a miracle that Kharkiv has not been destroyed yet, as it is located near the war zone. In addition, in his opinion, Russia is trying to expand the front line, as this, in turn, will force Ukraine to expand its defense, which will mean its thinning.

"The Russians themselves are using what can be called 'amoeba tactics'. Whether consciously or not, as I said, they have no capabilities for a deep breakthrough, but they push everywhere, despite the lives of their soldiers, their equipment, so to speak, on fire, and hope that an opportunity will suddenly appear somewhere. This is their model of action, which is characteristic not only of their actions on the battlefield but also, one might say, on a global scale," Mots says.

The general says that while Russia can bomb Kharkiv, it cannot take the city.

"Russia can break through the city itself in one fell swoop, but it will take much more troops to keep it under control. And this is exactly what the Russians lack today. We see that it is, so to speak, producing more troops - the fact is that it has more troops in Ukraine today than it did two years ago - but, again, the level of training and command is low, at the level of group companies. In recent weeks, they have also tried to unite company armored attacks, but these are rather isolated cases," he explains.

Situation at front

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in its morning report on April 15 said that 54 combat clashes occurred in Ukraine at the front during the day.

The military command notes that the Russian occupiers attacked most of all in the Bakhmut and Novopavlivka directions.

According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi, the Russian occupiers have been tasked with capturing the town of Chasiv Yar near Bakhmut by May 9. This will create conditions for Russia's further advance into the Kramatorsk agglomeration.