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Britain says Russia’s elite air force ‘mismanaged’ leading to tactical failures

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The Russian Airborne Forces (VDVs) have been involved in several notable tactical failures since the start of the Russian invasion, according to the latest military intelligence from the UK Ministry of Defense.

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Giving three examples of such failures, the ministry said these included:

  • In March an advance was attempted on Kyiv via Hostomel Airfield.
  • Progress on the Iseum axis stalled since April.
  • and the recent unsuccessful and costly crossing of the Siversky Donets River.

The VDV has been assigned some of the most demanding tasks, the ministry said, adding that the 45,000-strong unit consists mostly of professional contract soldiers. Its members enjoy elite status and receive additional salaries.

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However, the UK stated that the VDV “has been employed on missions superior to heavily armored infantry and sustained heavy casualties during the campaign,” adding that its mixed performance was likely due to strategic mismanagement of this capability and airborne casualties. Shows Russia’s failure to secure superiority.

, Holly Ellyatt

Russia’s intense offensive in the Eastern Donbass region continues

Russian forces have fired on 41 settlements in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Donbass in eastern Ukraine, the country’s Joint Forces Working Group said in its latest military update.

As a result of Russian shelling, 6 people were killed and 12 were wounded, Working Group said in an update on facebook Thursday morning.

Russia “destroyed and damaged 52 high-rise and private residential buildings” and others, including a secondary school, health centre, recreation center building, railway line and an Ukrzaliznitsia (Ukrainian railway) building, as well as agricultural buildings, garages and cars. civic amenities.

Ukraine said its rescue teams had evacuated about 760 people from war zones.

Russia has been accused of employing “scorched-earth” tactics in the Donbass and concentrated its manpower, and firepower, on the region in order to seize it completely. It is believed that Russian troops are trying to encircle Ukrainian forces in Luhansk, with the fighting centered around the cities of Severodonetsk and Lisichansk.

— Holly Eliot

Russia’s defense ministry says it will allow foreign ships to pass through Black Sea ports

Russia’s defense ministry said it would open a secure corridor to allow foreign ships to exit Black Sea ports. Russian state news agency Interfax reported Wednesday.

The Russian Defense Ministry has reportedly announced that it is opening two security corridors between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the exit of foreign ships from ports on the Black and Azov seas.

The head of the National Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said at a briefing that these lanes would provide the safe movement of ships to and from ports on the Black Sea, including Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny, as well as Mariupol. Sea of ​​Azov.

“In six ports – Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny, 70 foreign ships from 16 states are blocked,” Mizintsev said. He claimed that Ukraine posed a threat in terms of shelling, and that the mines “did not allow ships to go into the open sea without obstruction.”

The Russian military has closed Ukraine’s ports for weeks, triggering a global food security crisis. Ukraine is a major global producer of both wheat and sunflower seeds, which are used for oil.

Russia has said the ports and the waters around them are mined and merchant ships could be unsafe.

– Holly Elite and Chelsea Ongo

Russia fast-tracks citizenship for residents of Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin issued an order to fast-track Russian citizenship for residents in parts of southern Ukraine, while lawmakers in Moscow passed a bill to strengthen the expanding Russian military.

Putin’s decrees, which apply to the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions, could allow Russia to tighten its hold on the region between eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists have occupied some areas, and the Crimean peninsula, which is known as Russia. confiscated in 2014.

The Russian military is engaged in an intense battle for Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland, known as the Donbass. In a sign that the Kremlin is trying to bolster its sprawling military machine, Russian lawmakers agreed to abolish the age limit of 40 for individuals who signed their first voluntary military contracts.

Details of the bill on Parliament’s website indicate that older recruits will be allowed to carry precision weapons or work in engineering or medical roles. Andrei Kartpolov, chairman of the defense committee of the Russian parliament, said the measure would make it easier to hire people with “in-demand” skills.

– The Associated Press

Turkey calls for Sweden, Finland’s NATO membership

A senior Turkish official insisted after talks with Swedish and Finnish officials that Turkey would not agree to the two Nordic countries joining NATO until specific steps were taken to address Ankara’s objections. .

“We have made it clear that the process will not proceed if Turkey’s security concerns are not met with concrete steps within a certain time frame,” Ibrahim Kalin said after talks in Ankara that lasted nearly five hours.

Kalin is a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a senior aide to the president.

Turkey has said it opposes countries’ membership of NATO, citing complaints with their alleged support of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and other entities that Turkey sees as security threats.

Kalin said Turkey’s proposal to lift arms export limits by the two countries was met with a “positive attitude” by Swedish and Finnish delegations.

– The Associated Press

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