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Russians lack equipment and training for night combat operations

Russians lack equipment and training for night combat operations Russians lack the equipment and training to fight at night (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Russian military lacks night vision devices and special cameras for drones to conduct combat operations at night, as well as appropriate military training in the dark, according to the UK Ministry of Defense.

Russian troops face difficulties in conducting combat operations at night. Numerous reports from the invaders have emphasized this trend since the beginning of the war, especially in late November 2023.

For example, one social media user identified himself as a Russian soldier in the occupied part of the Kherson region. He noted the lack of night vision devices and cameras capable of operating in low light conditions for unmanned aerial vehicles.

According to analysts, night vision devices often appear on the equipment lists that Russian units ask their families and supporters for.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops often receive night vision devices from international partners.

The UK Ministry of Defense notes that these problems of the Russians are also related to the fact that military exercises in Russia rarely emphasize nighttime training.

Instead, they tend to be structured around staged daytime events to impress visiting senior officers. In contrast, a Russian soldier claimed that Ukrainian forces move mostly at night.

Situation at the front

According to the General Staff, Ukrainian troops repelled over 40 enemy attacks in the Avdiivka direction over the past day and continue to conduct assault operations south of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. Missile forces hit 3 areas where enemy personnel were concentrated.

Also, according to a report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Ukrainian troops continued counteroffensive operations in the western part of the Zaporizhzhia region on December 11. The Ukrainian Armed Forces also continued ground operations in the area of Krynok on the left bank of the Kherson region.

At the same time, the Russians are actively attacking in the Avdiivka and Maryinka directions. They are using armored vehicles and aircraft in massive offensives.