Kyiv, Ukraine — The European Union’s full ban on Russian coal imports came at a time when British defense intelligence said Western sanctions were also affecting Russia’s defense exports.
Britain said Moscow was already stressed by the need to produce armored combat vehicles for its troops in Ukraine and therefore “highly unlikely to be able to fulfill certain export orders,” in an area that has Proud for a long time.
British defense intelligence update, highlighting the “growing impact of Western sanctions”, coincides with Western belief that the series of measures imposed on the Kremlin since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine is increasingly having an impact on the Russian economy. .
The update said that due to the war and sanctions, “its military industrial capability is now under significant pressure, and the reliability of many of its weapon systems has been undermined by the poor performance of the Russian military in their association with them.”
Russia’s military credibility came under further pressure on Wednesday when Ukraine said nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in a series of explosions at an air base in Russian-controlled Crimea, which appears to be the result of a Ukrainian attack.
Russia denied that any aircraft were damaged or attacked in the blasts. But satellite images clearly show that at least seven fighter jets were shot down at the base and others were probably damaged.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace dismissed the Russian explanation of the blasts, including a wayward cigarette butt, as “excuses”.
“When you look at the footage of two simultaneous explosions not exactly next to each other, and some damage is also reported by Russian authorities, I think it’s clear that this is not something that anyone can do. K is caused by quitting cigarettes,” Wallace said. ,
And to put more pressure on Russia, Wallace said on Thursday that Britain would send more launch rocket systems and guided missiles to Ukraine to help resist Russia’s aggression.
The new weapons, the numbers of which were not specified, come on top of a number of rocket-launch systems delivered by Britain to Ukraine earlier this year. Britain said the new missiles could hit targets up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) away with precise accuracy.
Wallace said the strong military support suggests that the West “will stand shoulder to shoulder, providing defensive military support to help Ukraine defend itself against Putin’s aggression,” Wallace said, referring to Ukraine’s mostly northern European allies. Said in the meeting.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed for more help via video conferencing.
“We need armament, ammunition to defend ourselves,” he said. “The sooner we stop Russia, the sooner we can feel safe.”
Thursday also marked the day the European Union’s ban on coal imports from Russia was taking effect after a long phase-back from April. The 27-nation EU said it would affect about 25% of Russian coal exports and cause losses of about $8 billion per year. The EU is also trying to distance itself from Russian gas imports, but is relying heavily on imposing outright sanctions.
As the war is now nearing half a year, Russia faces other challenges as well.
As Russia suffers in its invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has refused to announce a full mobilization, even as such a move may be too unpopular for President Vladimir Putin. This has instead led to a covert recruitment effort that involves using prisoners to make up for the manpower shortage.
This is also happening amid reports that hundreds of Russian soldiers are refusing to fight and are trying to leave the army.
On the ground in Ukraine itself, the battle continued with repeated blasts of incoming shells.
According to the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentin Reznichenko, three people died during the night of the city of Nikopol, while nine others were injured in the shelling, which damaged about 40 apartment buildings.
Nikopol is about 50 kilometers (30 mi) downriver from Zaporizhzhia. In the Donetsk region, 11 people were killed the previous day, six of them in Bakhmut, according to regional governor Pavlo Kirilenko. Bakhmut is a prime target for Russian forces as they try to advance east.
Roman Starovoit, governor of Russia’s Kursk region, said on Thursday that two villages near the Ukrainian border – Tetkino and Popovo-Lezachi – came under fire from Ukraine. He did not immediately provide details on the number of casualties or the extent of the damage.
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