Vladimir Putin’s army is running out of ammunition – because the parts are made in UKRAINE | World | News

The Russian despot faces another blow to his invasion as it is revealed that he has run out of viable tanks, missiles and fighter jets. The engines of all Russian helicopters, ships and cruise missiles and a substantial part of the engines of fighter jets and components of surface-to-air missiles and tanks are produced in Ukrainian factories – which naturally no longer supply Moscow with such equipment.

After five weeks of conflict that saw the constant bombardment of Ukrainian cities and logistical struggles weaken Putin’s forces, Russia’s resources are rapidly running out.

The news comes shortly after Russia’s deputy defense minister claimed the invasion was entering “phase two” of the conflict.

This next phase, he claimed, is to withdraw Russian forces from kyiv and focus on the Donbass region to the east.

The idea that the heavy losses and slow progress suffered by Russian forces around kyiv were somehow part of Putin’s side has been widely dismissed by Western politicians.

The Kremlin also said the partial retreat was intended to encourage peace talks between the warring countries, but that claim was quickly tainted by reports of Russian soldiers cruelly trapping dead bodies and houses as they retreated from the area surrounding the Ukrainian capital.

Russian forces continue to shell Mariupol and have been accused of targeting civilians after reports surfaced of bombings of hospitals and schools.

The port city is a key strategic target for Putin, both because controlling it would help the tyrant consolidate his power in the east by linking separatist-controlled Donbass to Crimea, and because it would allow Russia to resupply its eastern forces by sea.

The Russian stock crisis will affect the production of T-72 battle tanks – one of Russia’s main armored vehicles.

The systems to launch their projectiles are made in Izyum, a town in eastern Ukraine that Russia has so far failed to capture.

According to estimates from open intelligence sources, Russia has already lost 2,000 tanks and armored vehicles during the conflict – although the real figure may be even higher.

Videos circulating on social media show Ukrainian farmers towing out of fuel or abandoned Russian tanks.

The Telegraph cites sources as saying Russia will also be unable to resupply air-launched Kh-55 cruise missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, as they rely on imported components – including an engine made in Kharkiv .

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Meanwhile, all Russian missiles launched from helicopters and ships use Ukrainian-made engines.

Western sanctions have also limited Putin’s ability to resupply his forces – for example, France has supplied hundreds of millions of pounds of equipment to Russia since its annexation of Crimea in 2014, a resource it does not supply. more.

Supply issues further point to the conclusion that Putin expected to be able to capture Ukraine, especially kyiv, quickly and with little resistance.

This may have been due to inaccurate information provided to the Russian leader by the FSB, which Russian sources say was tasked with modeling the invasion without being told it was a real possibility.

Anxious to please the tyrant, members of the FSB reportedly gave a very positive account of the invasion which may have given him the wrong idea of ​​how the war would unfold for Russia.

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As for Ukrainian actions, Volodymyr Zelensky continues to insist that Western nations must provide more support to keep their war effort afloat.

The UK has so far provided 4,000 Next Generation Anti-Tank Weapons (NLAW) and Javelin anti-tank systems, and has pledged to send Starstreak air defense systems and 6,000 new anti-tank and explosive missiles.

Video posted online shows a Russian Mi-28N helicopter shot down by a British Starstreak missile – the first confirmed use of such a missile during the war.

On Thursday, Ben Wallace, the defense secretary, convened a “donor conference” of 35 countries to persuade them to give Ukrainian troops more weapons.

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