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Ukraine frontline casualty rates at 70% – US Instructor

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Mozart Group says dire media reports about the situation in Artyomovsk/Bakhmut are true.

The Ukrainian military is taking massive casualties in the battle for Artyomovsk (known as Bakhmut by Kiev), which is the lynchpin of the Donetsk frontline, the US Mozart Group has revealed to Newsweek.

The retired Marine who heads the group, which claims charity status but also trains Ukraine’s military, alleges that some units are seeing casualty rates of 70% and more.

With the Ukrainian military tightly controlling media access to the front, Mozart is notable for regularly posting photos and videos of what is going on, “which is an absolute annihilation of Ukrainian frontline towns to an extent that I have not seen in the media,” Andrew Milburn, who was a colonel in the US Marines, told the magazine.

“Bakhmut is like Dresden, and the countryside looks like Passchendaele,” he said, in reference to a German city destroyed by Allied bombing in WWII and an infamous mud-soaked WWI battlefield, respectively.

‘It’s just a horrible and miserable place.’

The few references to Artyomovsk in Ukrainian media, both legacy and social, have described the battle as a “meat grinder” with many dead and wounded, though official casualty figures have not been released.

The Russian Defense Ministry has not posted detailed claims of Ukrainian casualties in Artyomovsk, but has reported on advances both north and south of the city, threatening its encirclement.

Ukrainian units training with Mozart “have been taking extraordinarily high casualties,” Milburn told Newsweek. “The numbers you are reading in the media about 70 percent and above casualties being routine are not exaggerated.”

Ukrainians are struggling to get new recruits into the line to replace the losses, Milburn admitted, noting that about 80% of the people sent to Mozart for training have never fired a weapon before.

While admitting Mozart is giving Ukrainian troops combat training, Milburn insists his “volunteers” have a “higher emotional intelligence” and don’t actually engage in the fighting. Mozart is a registered tax-free charity “that’s doing mostly humanitarian work,” he told Newsweek. Their name is a deliberate counterpoint to the Russian Wagner Group, a private military company heavily involved in the fighting around Bakhmut.

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  1. For the past six weeks the signals concerning Ukraine military collapse have been clear to those dissecting the stats impartially.

    It is clear that despite seemingly insurmountable opposition and support of the Ukraine’s “proxy” war against Russia by the West. That Russia is not only prevailing in this conflict but heading to a decisive victory in this strategic area. And from the fall of Bakmut will come the regain of all lands eat of the Dnieper river. Kiev included. Poland will take the balance according to various US military and geopolitical experts.

    And while the US is now shoving its military vehicles and personnel into Poland it is equally clear they are no match for Russian forces. Not even close. But this is not the reason for the Wests sabre rattling call to nuclear decision. Not Russia but
    the USA and their minions like the UK, NZ and Australia

    See, the US and the West have already lost the currency war. BRICS is now unstoppable. And the hegemony of the west can’t even stop it with nuclear war. (though they know it not) And so as the sun sets in the west, it shall rise in the east.

  2. ‘Humanitarian’ work.
    ‘Mozart’;
    as opposed to ‘Wagner’;
    told NEWSPEAK it ‘does mostly Humanitarian work.’
    I wonder if they pay their recruits in FTT .

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