++ War in Ukraine: heavy losses for Russia

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Russia continues to suffer heavy losses in the Ukrainian war. In many places, the Russian army comes up against fierce resistance: the teleprinter.

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Update for Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 p.m.: Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, precision-guided missiles have been a weapon of choice for the Russian armed forces. However, Russian tactics in the early months of the war meant that, according to Western analysts, Russian stocks of precision weapons were now seriously depleted.

“There are no more long-range cruise missile salvoes and almost no more Iskander strikes,” independent military analyst Pavel Luzhin told the Moscow Times. A US official told reporters at a briefing earlier this month that Russia had “problems stockpiling precision-guided munitions”.

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Photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry press service on September 19, 2017 shows the launch of an Iskander short-range missile on September 18, 2017 during the large-scale exercise “Sapad” near Kaliningrad ( Russia) © dpa

These reports are corroborated by a change in Russian tactics, in particular the increased use of conventional unguided bombs, notably in the port city of Mariupol. It also means that Russian warplanes have to fly very low to hit their targets, making them vulnerable to portable air defenses.

Ukrainian War: setback in Luhansk – Russian losses “are high”

First report for Tuesday, May 17, 5:00 p.m.: MOSCOW – Nearly three months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian war is still indecisive. Attempts by the Kremlin to capture the Ukrainian capital of kyiv have failed. In general, the Russian army is struggling with problems in many places and is making difficult progress. The leadership of the military under Russian head of state Vladimir Putin is currently focused on the east and south of the country.

As reports of declining Russian troop morale mount, one of Putin’s generals is said to have even had wounded Russian soldiers executed. Moreover, according to information from the Ukrainian secret service, more and more Russian soldiers are deserting.

Ukrainian War: Russia’s losses increase – also in the east of the country

According to the Ukrainian military, they repelled Russian troops in front of the city of Sievzherodonetsk in the east of the country. “Near the village of Syrotyne the Russian conquerors suffered losses and retreated,” the General Staff said in its situation report on Tuesday, May 17. Syrotyne is four kilometers south of Sievzherodonetsk. Russian troops also failed in several other directions.

Luhansk region governor Serhiy Hajdaj also reported heavy fighting in the area around the city. In the suburbs of Girske and Zolotoye, several houses were destroyed by artillery shells. But the Russian troops should have retreated there too. “Enemy casualties are high,” Hajdaj wrote on his Telegram channel. The information could not be independently verified.

According to Ukrainian information, the number of Russian soldiers killed is now around 27,900. 1,235 tanks, 167 attack helicopters and 201 fighter jets were also destroyed. Additionally, there are currently around 1,000 Russian soldiers in Ukrainian captivity. (nak/dpa)

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