In the daily short report, the British Ministry of Defense wrote on Sunday that Moscow was probably using ordinary field spades in close combat. Russian reservists reportedly said they were only sent with “guns and shovels” to attack a concrete Ukrainian base.
According to the British, the MPL-50 type field spade – actually an entrenchment tool – which is commonly used by the Russian armed forces, is a myth that elevates it to a deadly weapon. It has hardly been further developed since its introduction in 1869. Combat use is a sign of brutal and low-tech hand-to-hand combat, which recent indications indicate are becoming more common in Ukraine. The reason is likely that Russia wants to continue to carry out attacks despite a lack of ammunition.
The British Ministry of Defense has published daily updates on the course of the war since the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, citing intelligence information. In doing so, the British government wants to both counter the Russian portrayal and keep allies in line. Moscow accuses London of a disinformation campaign.