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Ukraine: heavy casualties for Russian elite tank army

It will likely take years for Russia to rebuild '1 GTA'

13 September, 12:21
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, SEP 13 - The Russian 1st Guards Tank Army (1 GTA), one of Russia's most prestigious armies, "suffered heavy casualties in the initial phase of the invasion and had not been fully reconstituted prior to the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kharkiv," according to the UK Ministry of Defence's latest intelligence update released today. According to the ministry, the 1 GTA was also allocated for Moscow's defense and was intended to lead counter-attacks in the event of a NATO war. "With 1 GTA and other WEMD formations severely degraded, Russia's conventional force designed to counter NATO is severely weakened, and rebuilding this capability will likely take years," the report states. (ANSA).

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