The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, spoke to US lawmakers at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Russian military forces in Pakhmut, Ukraine.
Milley said that “the Russians are struggling greatly with command and control, logistical support and basic tactical doctrine, but also training. These forces are not trained at all,” as he put it.
“They do frontal assaults on machine gun positions and so forth and they are slaughtered, the Russian forces,” he continued.
He also noted that Ukrainian forces apply “a very effective zonal defense which has proven to be very costly for the Russians. The Russians have not made any progress at all in the last 20 or 21 days in and around Bakhmut, so it’s a slaughter-fest for the Russians.”
Milley emphasized that the Russians “are being beaten around Bakhmut and the Ukrainians are fighting very well. This is also true across the entire front line, from Crimea all the way to Kherson. The Ukrainians applied a brilliant defense in the fight and the Russians did not achieve their strategic goals,” he said.