The surprise visit to Rostov, which took place after the president’s trip to Kazakhstan, is the second in less than a month, AFP reported.
Russia’s war against Ukraine, which Putin began with his order to invade the neighboring country last February, continues into its 625th day on Friday. Ukrainian troops launched a counter-offensive at the beginning of June with the aim of pushing Russian troops out of the occupied territories, but they have not yet managed to achieve a significant breakthrough.
Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff, Valery Zaluzhny, recently admitted that the war has become bogged down in positional battles that benefit Russia, and that Ukrainian forces need new capabilities and weapons, especially aircraft, to turn the tide of the war in their favor.
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The last time Putin was in Rostov-on-Don was on October 20, when Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov also gave him a report on the progress of the fighting in Ukraine, the Kommersant newspaper recalled. According to him, in April the president visited the headquarters of the Dnieper unit group on the southern section of the front and the headquarters of the National Guard in the east of Ukraine.
According to the RIA Novosti agency, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu proposed to show the president a “machine”, i.e. a Desertcross 1000-3 off-road vehicle of the Chinese brand Aodes, designed according to the label on the exhibited specimen to transport material in difficult off-road conditions.
The Russian Army is currently equipped with 537 units of the Desertcross 1000-3 in the basic version and is buying another approximately 1,500 vehicles with accessories.
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In winter, the offensive operations of the Russian and Ukrainian armies are expected to be hampered by the weather, mainly because mud and deep snow will complicate the movement of equipment, the Russian editorial office of the BBC noted on its website.
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In June, Rostov-on-Don became the scene of a mutiny by mercenaries from a private army called Wagner’s (translated from Russian Vagnerov) group, who briefly took control of the army headquarters there before the mutiny ended, AFP recalled.
Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 last year. Although the Ukrainians have since managed to liberate large areas around Kiev, Kharkiv and Kherson, Moscow still controls approximately 18 percent of the invaded country, or 106,000 square kilometers.
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