The Russian military may be about to win a major battle in the invasion of Ukraine. Russians are throwing all forces they have left in a bid to encircle twin cities in the Donbass region.
Western military supplies promised to Ukrainians, particularly from Germany, but also from the US, are getting delayed.
Crucial Twin Cities Getting Encircled
A large number of Ukrainian troops may soon be encircled by the Russians in Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, cities with a combined population of about 200,000.
As per the latest announcements of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Russia is attacking Ukrainian defenders in and around the two cities with the entire “strength it has left”.
The losses of the Russians in the 91 days of war so far are indeed mind-blowing. The latest update of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry puts the number of Russians killed in combat at 29,600.
Close to 8,500 Russian units of military equipment have been destroyed by the Ukrainians, including 1,315 main battle tanks, 206 warplanes, 170 attack helicopters, and 502 drones.
It also includes 3,235 armored personnel carriers, 2,225 trucks and jeeps, 13 naval vessels, 294 missile systems, and 617 artillery systems.
Presumably they were struck by ATGM or other AT weapons- in the latter case the ammunition within has clearly detonated. pic.twitter.com/ARGcgyvemQ
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 25, 2022
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 26, 2022
Battle for Severodonetsk: security situation tense.
Head of Luhansk regional military administration Serhiy Hayday:
“The Ukrainian government maintains full control over Severodonetsk. The Ukrainian Armed Forces hold defense. The situation is very complicated…
— Anders Åslund (@anders_aslund) May 25, 2022
The likely outcome of the battle for Severodonetsk is being told in the mathematics of artillery firehttps://t.co/wzAoMrsOao
— The Times (@thetimes) May 26, 2022
Russians Are Obliterating Everything
As of Thursday morning, Russian hordes reached the outskirts of Severodonetsk.
Besides warning the Putin regime is throwing everything it has now in the battle for Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy also raised alarm on Wednesday night that Russians are really seeking “to destroy everything there.”
According to Serhiy Haidai, Governor of the Luhansk Region, Russians have come so close to Severodonetsk that they are already now firing mortars straight into the city.
Haidai declared Putin’s military is “killing our cities,” as he warned that fighting over the next week is going to be decisive.
He cautioned that Russians managed to pile up an “insane” number of soldiers there. They are seeking to “turn the tide” by brutally obliterating surviving Ukrainian cities and towns in the Luhansk region of the Donbass.
According to earlier comments by Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy, Ukrainian troops in the Donbass are outgunned by the Russians in a 20:1 ratio.
There was a growing sense of anger among the Ukrainians over the slow pace of delivery of heavy weaponry already promised by western nations – particularly by Germany.
It promised certain numbers of tanks some two months ago, but hasn’t delivered them yet.
The biggest US military supplies are yet to arrive in Ukraine over the next few weeks under the Lend-Lease Act recently adopted by the US Congress.
By that time, however, Ukrainians may have lost all the ground they still hold in the crucial Donbass region.
The Russian regime may have created a frenzy of propaganda over whatever local wins it might have managed to secure.
In the meantime, the Russian regime appears to be going full speed ahead with the plunder of huge amounts of Ukrainian grain and its illegal exports through the Black Sea.
In the battles near #Severodonetsk, the Armed Forces of #Ukraine eliminated police captain Asvad Idrisov, warrant officer Gapur Dakalov and deputy commander of the 4th platoon of #Kadyrov's regiment, senior sergeant Ali Betishev. pic.twitter.com/pnXMq7JIiy
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 25, 2022
Fierce battles for control of #Donbas’ strategic #Severodonetsk-Bakhmut road were still raging on Thursday, with heavy Russian Federation artillery bombardments landing at multiple locations along its length, and renewed RF ground attacks nearby#Ukrainehttps://t.co/bZyeIVcRoK
— KyivPost (@KyivPost) May 26, 2022
This is Dmytro and his beautiful three-year-old twins. They are from Severodonetsk. Their wife and mum died in Russia’s shelling while cooking over an open fire. With no gas or electricity in town, she couldn’t think of other means to feed her family. Pic via Save Ukraine fund pic.twitter.com/GuUjoIAmrL
— Myroslava Petsa (@myroslavapetsa) May 25, 2022
#Severodonetsk – #Ukrainian troops have successfully counterattacked & removed the #Russian forces on the #Bakhmut – Lysychans'k road and have started moving supplies W on the road again. This "Road of Life" is not the only route but it is the best one the #UAF has right now. pic.twitter.com/iDZaccpeeh
— OSINT Aggregator (@AggregateOsint) May 26, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of May 26, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/dQaB5VLebV
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 26, 2022