Russia’s increasing use of outdated weaponry in a number of deadly attacks may be evidence its military lacks more precise modern weapons, military analysts say.
Russian bombers have been using 1960s-era KH-class missiles, which were primarily designed to target aircraft carriers using a nuclear warhead and are not able to accurately strike ground targets, officials say. The weapons were used in two attacks on a shopping center and apartment building last week resulting in dozens of casualties.
“Russia continues to employ air-launched anti-ship missiles in a secondary land-attack role, likely because of dwindling stockpiles of more accurate modern weapons,” the British defense ministry said on Twitter.
Both Russia and Ukraine have expended large amounts of weaponry in a grinding war of attrition for the eastern Donbas region. President Joe Biden decided to provide Ukraine with longer-range precision rockets last month, but it’s not clear yet how much of a difference the advanced weapons will make in the stalemate,
“We are going to support Ukraine as long as it takes,” Biden said this week at a news conference during the NATO summit in Madrid. He argued that Russia had already suffered a blow to its international standing and major damage to its economy from Western sanctions imposed over the invasion.
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Putin declares victory in Luhansk region, orders rest for troops
Russian President Vladimir declared victory in the battle for Ukraine’s Luhansk province Monday and ordered rest for his troops before pushing on in the Kremlin’s quest to take control of the entire Donbas industrial region.
“Military units that took part in active hostilities and achieved success and victory should rest, increase their combat capabilities,” Putin said on state TV.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that Russian forces had taken control of the last disputed city in Luhansk. Earlier, Ukraine’s military said it was forced to withdraw in the face of Russia’s advantage in artillery, aviation, ammunition and personnel. Continuing to hold out would lead to “fatal consequences” for its troops, the military said in a Facebook post.
“We just gotta keep on fighting,” the post said. “Unfortunately, steel will and patriotism are not enough for success. Material and technical resources are needed.”
Contributing: The Associated Press