In Ukraine, Russia has lost one-third of its fighting forces – UK

Russia has likely lost one-third of its ground combat forces in Ukraine since the invasion on February 24, according to the United Kingdom.

Russia’s soldiers in Ukraine are significantly depleted, according to the UK Defence Ministry, and have been unable to make any territorial advance in recent weeks.

The UK Ministry of Defense said in an update on Sunday, May 15, that Russia “has now likely lost one-third of the ground combat force it committed in February.”

“Russia’s Donbas offensive has slowed and is now far behind schedule,” according to the report.

Russia has lost one-third of its combat forces in Ukraine - UK

“Despite small-scale initial victories, Russia has been unable to make significant territory gains over the past month, despite persistently high levels of attrition.”

The UK government has stated that when tactical and support equipment runs out, the losses will “very likely” worsen.

“The loss of vital enablers like as bridging equipment and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance drones will almost probably compound these delays,” the UK government said.

“Throughout the fight, Russian bridging equipment has been in short supply, limiting and hampering assault actions.”

“Russian forces are increasingly limited by… poor morale and reduced combat efficiency,” according to the assessment.

“Under the current circumstances, Russia’s rate of advance is unlikely to accelerate considerably in the next 30 days.”

Western intelligence projected that once Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Ukrainian military would be forced to submit within weeks, yet Ukrainian forces successfully repelled the aggressors.

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