German Defense Minister: Russia’s military reserves may be smaller than thought

Russia has suffered significant losses in troops and equipment in Ukraine, and the consequences of the latest UAF counter-offensive may demonstrate that Moscow’s military reserves are smaller than thought.

This was stated by German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht in an interview with Reuters.

“The Russian army has suffered significant losses – both in manpower and in equipment,” the head of the Defense Ministry said.

“The notion that Russian forces have virtually unlimited military assets…is not true,” she added, noting that Russia has a lot of equipment to repair and difficult to recruit enough new personnel.

“It will be very interesting to see how large the Russian military’s reserves actually remain. I think they are much smaller than we probably thought at first,” Lambrecht said.

However, don’t be deceived, she said: Russia is far from defeated and still has various military options.

At the same time, Lambrecht praised the courage of Russians who publicly criticized Putin, although she does not expect such dissent to be enough to bring about Putin’s downfall in the short term.

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