In a chilling revelation, the UK Ministry of Defence has asserted that Russian military casualties over the past six weeks could be at an unprecedented high since the onset of the invasion of Ukraine. A significant chunk of these casualties is reported from the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, particularly in Avdiivka. The figures make a grim reading with the average daily casualties for the Russian forces in November hitting 931, outstripping the previous high of 776 per day during the escalated confrontations in Bakhmut, Donetsk, in March earlier this year.
The Unyielding Offensive
Despite the mounting casualty rate, the Russian military's offensive in Avdiivka continues unabated. The Institute for the Study of War noted on the 26th of this month that there had indeed been 'definite Russian advances' in the northwest and southeast of Avdiivka. However, these advances were marked as 'slight'. Russian military bloggers chimed in with the observation that these advances did not constitute an immediate threat to the Ukrainian forces.
Anticipating a Protracted Conflict
With the conflict showing no signs of resolution, Russian President Vladimir Putin has greenlit the 2024 budget, which earmarks a defense expenditure increase to approximately 1.7 times that of this year. In terms of the country's GDP, the defense budget will represent 6%, with defense-related expenses, inclusive of security measures, making up about 40% of the total outlay. This wartime budget seems to be gearing up for the long-haul conflict in Ukraine.
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