Vladimir Putin runs out of soldiers as catastrophic invasion of Ukraine lasts 100 days – World News

According to the Ukrainian military, more than 30,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict so far, with the bodies of 6,000 soldiers left in the field

Russian President Vladimir Putin has faced widespread international condemnation for his decision to invade Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been widely condemned internationally for his decision to invade Ukraine

Russia is running out of troops and military equipment as Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine continues to be viewed by experts as the “greatest disaster” in modern warfare.

It has been less than 100 days since Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine on February 24 in what the government branded a “special military operation”.

Since then, Russia has suffered crippling military casualties as Ukrainian forces valiantly defended their homeland, backed by cutting-edge military equipment provided by Western nations that actively resisted Russian aggression.

Putin also faced huge international backlash and deadly economic sanctions over his invasion decision.

A man clears debris from his house, which was destroyed by shelling, in the village of Moshchun, Kyiv


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With the war now mostly centered in eastern Ukraine after a Russian withdrawal in April, experts say Putin’s miscalculations continue as Russian forces are now dangerously short on manpower and equipment.

The conflict has reached a “state of attrition,” said Swedish economist and Russia expert Anders Aslund.

aslund said the sun : “At the 100-day mark, the war is at a stalemate. Ukraine has all the soldiers it needs, it can mobilize up to a million men.

“Russia, on the other hand, has a shortage of soldiers. Since this is not technically a war, Putin cannot legally send conscripts.”

According to the Ukrainian military, more than 30,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the conflict so far – more than twice as many as in the almost ten-year Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s.

Aslund says Putin’s position has been “weakened” in his own country as grim details of the war bring to light huge casualties, low morale among troops due to poor supply chains and appalling living conditions on the ground.

Ukrainian troops sit on an armored vehicle as they withdraw from the front line near the city of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region


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In addition, the bodies of at least 6,000 Russian soldiers, abandoned by their comrades, are said to be stored in Ukrainian morgues.

Aslund warned of major revolts in Russia as a result of Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, saying widespread opposition could lead to revolution.

Russia currently controls about 20% of Ukraine’s territory, according to President Vlodomyr Zelenskyy, who addressed lawmakers in Luxembourg on Thursday (June 2).

“To date, about 20% of our territory is under the control of the occupiers,” said Zelenskyy. “The Russian army has already destroyed almost the entire Donbass. This, once one of the most powerful industrial centers in Europe, is simply devastated. The occupiers are destroying it city by city.”

Ukrainian soldiers support their comrades not far from the front


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On Wednesday (June 1), Ukrainian forces began withdrawing from Severdonestsk, the last Ukrainian stronghold in Luhansk Oblast, one of two states that comprise the besieged Donbass region.

In its latest attempt to arm the Ukrainian resistance, the UK announced it would send precision missile launchers to the Ukrainian military and train troops accordingly.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Britain stands with Ukraine and has taken a leading role in providing its heroic troops with the vital weapons they need to defend their country.

“As Russia’s tactics change, so must our support for Ukraine.

“These high-performance multiple missile systems will allow our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against Russia’s brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to level cities.”

The announcement came as President Joe Biden said the US would send a small number of M142 medium-range artillery missile systems to Ukraine.

The Kremlin responded by announcing that nuclear weapons exercises would be held in the Ivanovo province near Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of “arming Ukrainian nationalists” and has said that any weapon aimed at Ukraine would become a legitimate military target.

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