ISW: Russia has no reserves to strengthen the main phase of the offensive in the Luhansk region
The main phase of the Russian offensive is taking place in the Lugansk region, however, the occupiers do not have enough reserves to increase the scale or intensity of this offensive. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.
According to analysts, Russian ground forces, as a rule, operate in conventional doctrinal formations and units, and not in battalion tactical groups or other special structures. In addition, the absence of several critical tank units indicates that the Russian occupying forces continue to try to replace equipment, especially tanks lost during previous unsuccessful offensive operations.
The ISW does not rule out that the occupying forces may have some restored mechanized units are in reserve, but the transfer of these limited reserves to the front line in Luhansk region is unlikely to fundamentally change the course of the ongoing offensive.
Experts also believe that the Russian offensive is likely to continue for some time and may temporarily gain momentum after the last reserves are introduced, but will most likely end without reaching the set goals and operationally significant successes.