An unexpected cold snap could hinder Russia's military campaign in Ukraine

unexpected cold snap

Russia's offensive in the war with Ukraine has been stalled for several days, and in addition to the effective resistance of the Ukrainians, the cold wave, for which the invaders are unprepared, will bring additional difficulties.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had lost contact on Tuesday with monitoring equipment at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, which had fallen under Russian control, and Ukrainian authorities later announced that the plant had been disconnected from the electricity grid and warned that this could lead to radioactive contamination.

Russian troops disrupted by unexpected cold wave

An Arctic air mass moving over Ukraine and bordering areas of Russia and Belarus in the coming days will further increase logistical difficulties for Russian troops with fuel, food, and other supplies.

It will be up to 10 degrees in Kyiv and Kharkiv in the remaining days of the week, with wind chills dropping to -20 degrees Celsius.

For example, in a convoy of Russian combat and other machinery that has been stuck for tens of kilometers north of Kyiv for a week, soldiers have little choice but to run on low fuel, a Ukrainian military source told the newspaper. The Russians may also continue to abandon their machines, he added.

The Russian army also has more stationary or slow-moving columns.

Private Kevin Price told The Times that the 20-degree frost will undoubtedly reduce the combat capabilities of Russian soldiers and equipment.

It may turn the muddy spring soil into a solid mass, but the Russians are not prepared for winter conditions either, he explained.

Urban combat without proper clothing and equipment on foreign soil would be "incredibly difficult", Price added.

The fuel shortage in Russian units, which has already lasted a week, is only getting worse. "Imagine having to spend the night in a 40-tonne steel fridge," Price said.
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