Ukraine colonel dismisses reports that Russians are poorly equipped as ‘more TikTok propaganda than reality’

Ukrainian soldiers on the outskirts of Bakhmut.
A Ukraine colonel told The New York Times that reports of Russian shortages are “TikTok propaganda.”
Col. Biletsky detailed Ukraine’s counteroffensive in Bakhmut, where Ukraine has regained ground.
The comments come as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky lands in Japan for the G7 summit.

Russia has for months made the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut the central target of its invasion. It first made gains. But it has more recently lost some of those gains to a Ukraine counteroffensive. 

In the midst of these back-and-forth battles, reports circulated that Russian fighters were poorly equipped. Ukrainian Col. Andriy Biletsky, however, now says those claims are “more TikTok propaganda than reality.”

“The enemy is ready,” Biletsky, the commander of Ukraine’s 3rd Separate Assault Brigade told The New York Times. “They are well personally equipped, armed, they have means of communication, good armored vehicles and a very good system of…

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This article was written by Sarah Al-Arshani and originally published on