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Russia keeps 40,000 soldiers near Kupyansk in Kharkiv Oblast

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The Russian military has amassed 40,000 troops near Kupyansk, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine’s Operational Command East spokesman Illia Yevlash told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Feb. 6.

In the broader Lyman-Kupyansk sector, Moscow has kept about 110,000 soldiers since late 2023, he added.

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“And if we divide the front line into sectors, then the number [of enemy troops] in the Kupyansk [sector] remains more or less constant,” said Yevlash.

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“I want to reiterate that in terms of personnel, it does not mean that all these 40,000 people are simultaneously deployed to frontline combat duty.”

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This figure includes rear support units, repair battalions, signalmen, medics, and various auxiliary staff, according to the Ukrainian official.

“This number should not be underestimated, as these units pose a real threat,” he said.

“However, we have been dealing with it for quite a long time, and there has been no [enemy] progress in this sector as such.”

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