Low morale among Russia’s ranks continues as its troops remain angered by fighting in “tin cans” as Moscow leans on Belarus for support, according to a British intelligence update Thursday.

The UK Ministry of Defense said that “Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine are likely frustrated by being forced to serve in old infantry fighting vehicles” and said they described their dated tanks as “aluminum cans”.

According to the intelligence update, Russian forces lost “one battalion of equipment” every day in mid-October as Ukrainian troops advanced on the front line, particularly in the southern Kherson region, where Ukrainian forces try to push troops. of occupation across the Dnieper River.

Ukrainian soldiers inspect a damaged Russian tank on a road near the recently recaptured village of Kamianka in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine on Sunday
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THE REINFORCEMENTS OF RUSSIA: WHERE PUTIN FOUND MORE WEAPONS AND TROOPS WHILE THE INVASION IN UKRAINE TRINKS

When Russia started seeing armored vehicle losses soar to over 40 per day last month, the UK estimated that Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to his longtime ally, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Lukashenko has walked a narrow line when it comes to the war in Ukraine by supporting Russia’s war effort, allowing Moscow to deploy from the borders of Belarus and use its airspace.

It has also sent troops to its southern border where Russian soldiers are stationed, but has still deployed invading forces to Ukraine.

The UK Defense Ministry also assessed that Minsk has provided Russia with at least 100 additional tanks and infantry fighting vehicles from its stockpiles, although this limited supply is not deemed efficient to effectively aid Putin’s war ambitions.

Russian tanks damaged in recent fighting were seen near the recently recaptured village of Kamianka in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Russian tanks damaged in recent fighting were seen near the recently recaptured village of Kamianka in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine on Sunday, October 30, 2022.
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RUSSIA JOINS WAR-TIME AGREEMENT FOR UKRAINE WHEAT EXPORT

“Armored units and artillery are at the heart of Russia’s war mode,” UK defense officials said Thursday. “The force in Ukraine is now struggling in part due to difficulties in procuring artillery ammunition and sufficient repairable replacement armored vehicles.”

Putin’s “special military operation” has raged for more than eight months with Ukraine making significant recent progress largely thanks to Western weapons.

On Thursday, Moscow summoned British Ambassador Deborah Bronnert over allegations that the British Navy played a role in the drone attack on the Russian Black Sea fleet stationed off Crimea last week, Reuters reported.

The remains of a destroyed Russian tank are scattered on the ground along the road between Izium and Kharkiv, Ukraine on Monday, October 3, 2022.

The remains of a destroyed Russian tank are scattered on the ground along the road between Izium and Kharkiv, Ukraine on Monday, October 3, 2022.
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The attack, in which Kiev denied involvement and even suggested it was a military mistake in Russia’s own ranks, prompted Moscow to suspend its participation in the grain export agreement.

Details of Bronnert’s 30-minute chat with Russian officials on Thursday remain unclear, although Britain has denied any involvement in the drone strike.

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