UK intelligence: Russia gearing up to send draftees to Ukraine with old equipment

Russia has likely completed training of the 2nd Guards Motor Rifle Division ahead of its deployment to Ukraine, the British intelligence community tweeted a daily update.

According to the intelligence agency, the division was training in Belarus since autumn 2022. The military have now been transferred back to Russia before being likely sent to Ukraine.

It is noted that the 2nd Guards Motor Rifle Division makes a part of the 1st Guards Tank Army and suffered huge losses in the beginning of the war.

“It is now primarily made up of mobilised personnel operating older equipment taken from storage. Its combat effectiveness will likely be limited despite several weeks of training,” the intelligence report notes.

Other Russian units are also likely sent to Belarus for carrying out similar training.

At the same time, the Ukrainian General Staff reported that Crimea was warming up for a new wave of draft.

“All state and private entities are required to submit lists of booked individuals to draft offices until 29 January 2023. The next large-scale mobilisation wave is scheduled for late February,” the report notes.

The General Staff claims that all renovation and construction works at publicly funded institutions will be halted on 1 February, while all the allocated funds will be used to keep the war furnace going.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that certain provisions of the draft decree continue to work in Russia but citizens were no longer mobilised as part of this document.

CNN claims that Russia is already preparing for a second wave of draft, planning to mobilise up to 200,000 people.

Peskov refuted CNN’s report.

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