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Ukraine Defense Ministry:  470 Russian troops killed in 24-hour period

April 30, 2023 The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.22 to 30.04.23 were approximately: personnel ‒ about 190510 (+470) persons were liquidated, tanks ‒ 3699 (+2), APV ‒ 7189 (+5), artillery systems – 2914 (+6), MLRS – 544 (+1), Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 295 (+1),aircraft – 308 (+0), helicopters – 294 (+0), UAV operational-tactical level

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Russian Defense Ministry: Up to 840 Ukraine troops killed in 24 hours

April 30, 2023 Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation  In Kupyansk direction, Operational-Tactical and Army aviation and artillery of the Zapad Group of Forces inflicted fire damage on the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) close to Sinkovka, Kislovka, Kamenka, Masyutovka (Kharkov

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Institute for the Study of War: Wagner mercenaries receiving 1 per cent of the 80,000 shells needed per day to fight in Bakhmut

April 29, 2023 Wagner Group financier Yevgeny Prigozhin threatened to withdraw Wagner forces from Bakhmut if the Russian military command fails to provide more ammunition to the Wagner mercenaries. Prigozhin stated in an interview with a Kremlin-affiliated milblogger on April 29 that the Wagner mercenaries will continue to fight in Bakhmut

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Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian casualties top 190,000 since invasion began

April 29, 2023 The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.22 to 29.04.23 were approximately:personnel ‒ about 190040 (+580) persons were liquidated, tanks ‒ 3697 (+3), APV ‒ 7184 (+3), artillery systems – 2908 (+3), MLRS – 543 (+0), Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 294 (+0),aircraft – 308 (+0), helicopters – 294 (+0), UAV operational-tactical level –

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Russian Defense Ministry: 800 Ukraine troops killed in 24 hours

April 29, 2023 In the evening of 28 April 2023, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation launched a naval long-range precision-guided strike on the location of the command post of the Kherson combined force grouping of AFU.   The purpose of the strike has been achieved.  In Kupyansk direction, Operational-Tactical and

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Ukraine Defense Ministry: 540 Russian troops killed in 24 hours

April 28, 2023 The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.2022 to 28.04.2023 were approximately: personnel ‒ about 189460 (+540) persons,  tanks ‒ 3694,  APV ‒ 7181 (+3),  artillery systems – 2905 (+18),  MLRS – 543 (+1),  Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 294 (+1), aircraft – 308,  helicopters – 294, 

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Institute for the Study of War: Russia uses new tactics in missile attack to evade Ukrainian air defense

April 27, 2023 The Russian military command appears to be reshuffling the leadership of command organs associated with force generation, sustainment, and logistics. Several prominent Russian milbloggers claimed on April 27 that Colonel General Aleksey Kuzmenkov, Deputy Head of the Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia), has replaced Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev as

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April 30, 2023

Institute for the Study of War: Signs of reorganization of Russian forces on the eve of expected Ukrainian counter offense

Institute for the Study of War

April 30, 2023

Key inflections in ongoing military operations on April 30:

  • The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian forces did not conduct offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on April 30.[80] Ukrainian National Guard Spokesperson Rulan Muzychuk stated that Russian forces are using more artillery but conducting fewer assaults in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions than in Bakhmut and Marinka.[81]
  • Russian forces conducted ground attacks in and around Bakhmut and along the Avdiivka-Donetsk City line on April 30.[82] Ukrainian Eastern Grouping of Forces Spokesperson Colonel Serhiy Cherevaty reported that Ukrainian forces continue to have access to logistics routes to Bakhmut.[83]
  • A Russian source suggested on April 30 that Russian forces will likely conduct their own offensive in southern Ukraine if the potential Ukrainian counteroffensive fails.[84] The Russian source cited the fact that top Russian officials and law enforcement are discussing possible candidates to lead various districts in Zaporizhia Oblast which are currently under Ukrainian control as further evidence of Russian plans to move in the southern direction.[85]
  • Ukrainian Main Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) Head Kyrylo Budanov reported that Russia is seeking to take control of numerous Russian paramilitary groups and is trying to create a new structure that would subordinate private military companies (PMCs) to the Russian General Staff.[86]
  • A Russian milblogger claimed that Russia is forming new brigades of the airborne forces (VDV), elite units that have conducted joint operations with Wagner forces in Bakhmut.[87]

(For full report:  https://understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-april-30-2023#_edn56)

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