JRL NEWSWATCH: “The conflict in Ukraine is settling into a war of attrition; But who can keep going longest?” – The Economist

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“… Russia’s net gains in eastern Ukraine between the middle of April and the end of May [reportedly] add up to just over 450 square kilometres (about a third of the size of Greater London) …. Neither Russia nor Ukraine looks likely to make a decisive breakthrough. … Russia’s losses have been severe. The invasion force that it initially committed to the war [reportedly] had been reduced to about 58% of its pre-war strength by …  [mid-]May …. Russian battalion tactical groups, the basic fighting formations of the Russian army, probably started the war with around 600 men each; recently some have been seen with only 60 …. Russia has lost at least 761 tanks, over a third of them since the beginning of the … Donbas offensive …. Russian commanders are now throwing old equipment into battle. … Much less is known about the state of Ukraine’s forces. …”

Click here: “The conflict in Ukraine is settling into a war of attrition; But who can keep going longest?” – The Economist

 

 

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