Putin’s army is running out of ammo – because the parts are made in Ukraine

Russia: Vladimir Putin warned close aides oust him

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The Russian despot faces a further blow to his invasion as it is revealed that he is running out of viable tanks, missiles and fighter jets. The engines for all Russian helicopters, ships and cruise missiles and a substantial portion of fighter jet engines and ground-to-air missile and tank components are made in Ukrainian factories – which naturally are no longer supplying Moscow with such equipment.

After five weeks of conflict which has seen the constant shelling of Ukrainian cities and logistical struggles weakening Putin’s forces, Russia’s resources are rapidly depleting.

The news comes shortly after Russia’s deputy defence minister claimed that the invasion was moving into “phase two” of the conflict.

This next phase, he claimed, involves pulling Russian forces back from Kyiv and focusing on the Donbas region in the East.

The idea that the heavy losses and stalling progress suffered by Russian forces around Kyiv was in some way part of Putin’s flan has been widely dismissed by Western politicians.

The Kremlin also stated that the partial retreat was to encourage peace talks between the warring countries, but this claim was quickly marred by reports of Russian soldiers cruelly booby-trapping corpses and houses as they retreated from the area surrounding the Ukrainian capital.

Russian forces continue to bombard Mariupol and have been accused of targeting civilians after reports emerged of hospitals and schools being shelled.

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

The crisis facing Russian stocks will affect the production of T-72 battle tanks – one of Russia’s primary armoured vehicles.

The systems to launch their projectiles are manufactured in Izyum, an eastern Ukrainian city that Russia has, so far, failed to capture.

According to open-source intelligence estimates, Russia has already lost 2,000 tanks and armoured vehicles during the conflict – although the true figure may be even higher.

Videos on social media depict Ukrainian farmers towing away Russian tanks that have run out of fuel or been abandoned.

The Telegraph quoted sources claiming that Russia will also be unable to restock air-launched Kh-55 cruise missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, because they rely on imported components – including an engine manufactured in Kharkiv.

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

Western sanctions have also limited Putin’s ability to restock his forces – for instance, France has supplied hundreds of millions of pounds worth of equipment to Russia since its annexation of Crimea in 2014, a resource they are no longer providing.

The supply issues further point to the conclusion that Putin expected to be able to capture Ukraine, particularly Kyiv, quickly and with little resistance.

This may be due to inaccurate information provided to the Russian leader by the FSB, who, according to Russian sources, were tasked with modelling the invasion without being told that it was a real possibility.

Keen to please the tyrant, FSB members reportedly gave a highly positive account of the invasion that may have given him a false idea of how the war would go for Russia.

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

The UK has so far supplied 4,000 next-generation anti-tank weapons (NLAWs) and Javelin anti-tank systems, and pledged to send Starstreak air defence systems and 6,000 new anti-tank and high explosive missiles.

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

On Thursday, Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, convened a “donor conference” of 35 countries to persuade them to give more arms to Ukrainian troops.

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