Russian forces have also stepped up their attacks in the Donetsk region, closing in slightly on the region’s industrial town belt that stretches south from Sloviansk through Kramatorsk to Kostiantynivka. “In Lysychansk and in many towns scattered along the winding front lines that cross five regions, Ukrainians may well face a repeat of what happened in Severodonetsk,..”, according to the CNN report.
Ukrainian fighters in the Donbass region are finding themselves slowly exhausted by constant beatings by Russian military forces, CNN reported. Last week, Russian forces took control of the eastern city of Severodonetsk, giving them control of almost all of the Luhansk region.
Weapons supplied by the West to Ukraine would require months of training. â…weapons such as the HIMARS rocket system, which has a range of 70 kilometers (43 miles) in the configuration supplied to Ukraine, require several weeks of training. is a long time given the current pressure on Ukrainian forces,â according to the CNN report.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed last week that Russian strikes had already knocked out some of the US-supplied M777 howitzers. Russian air defences, primarily the S-300, were deployed to provide widespread rather than local coverage, making Ukrainian attack drones less effective. The Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, himself inspected the divisions of Russian troops involved in Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.
A commander of an elite unit of Ukrainian marines told Sky News last month that most of his best-trained troops had been injured or killed. US officials have also acknowledged that Russian forces control territory to the east. This includes capturing the strategically important city of Severodonetsk in June. The Washington Post quoting Benjamin Friedman, director of policy at Defense Priorities, said Ukraine’s stated goal of repelling Russian forces looks “increasingly unrealistic”.
Meanwhile, two British men have been captured by Moscow forces in separatist-held Ukraine and accused of being mercenaries. Cambridgeshire aid worker Dylan Healy, 22, and military volunteer Andrew Hill have been accused of carrying out “mercenary activities”, officials from the self-declared Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic have said, according to TASS. TASS said the two men refused to cooperate with investigators.
In an interesting development due to the shortage of manpower on the battlefield, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has ordered its embassy to start mobilizing Ukrainian citizens living abroad, especially those who have an experience of military service to return and join the war.