It mentioned the ministry had rejected the bloggers’ assertions that the one hundred and fifty fifth marine brigade of the Pacific Fleet had suffered “excessive, pointless losses in individuals and gear”.
Quite the opposite, in the midst of 10 days the unit had superior 5 km (over 3 miles) into Ukrainian defensive positions southwest of Donetsk, RIA quoted the ministry as saying.
It particularly denied that the brigade’s commanders had proven incompetence.
“As a result of competent actions of the unit commanders, the losses of marines for the given interval don’t exceed 1% of fight power, and seven% wounded, a big a part of whom have already returned to obligation,” it mentioned.
The uncommon denial urged the reviews had touched a uncooked nerve at some extent within the warfare’s ninth month when Russian forces are beneath heavy strain in partly occupied areas of Ukraine that Moscow has proclaimed as its personal territory – actions denounced as unlawful by Kyiv, the West and most international locations of the United Nations.
Russian navy bloggers, a few of whom command audiences of half one million or extra on social media, have grow to be more and more important of the failings of Moscow’s generals since Ukraine recaptured giant elements of the northeast of the nation in September.