This Week in the Russia-Ukraine War (April 14)

Ukrainian Troops on Review. Image – Flickr/President of Ukraine

A snapshot of recent news from sources around the world on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

Old habits die hard, as some Ukrainian troops are still using Soviet tactics despite U.S. and allied training to make Ukraine a “more battlefield-effective” force.

Russian forces in Crimea have been strengthening defenses in preparation for a possible Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he intends to take back the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

Russia is enacting laws intended to make it more difficult for military draftees to flee the country to avoid serving, despite claims from the Kremlin that it isn’t planning a new mobilization.

Modern allied tanks are finally making their way to the frontlines in Ukraine, with German and British armor likely to be first to the front.

Precision smart bombs donated to Ukraine by the United States are reportedly failing to hit their targets at times owing to electronic jamming by Russian troops. At one point, bombs were also failing to detonate due to problems with the arming mechanism, but that issue has been addressed.

Leaked classified documents dating from February and March suggest U.S. officials have questioned the success of an anticipated Ukrainian offensive. Challenges include personnel and equipment shortfalls.

Serbia has denied leaked reports that it agreed to provide weapons to Ukraine.

During a visit to the Pentagon this week, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal continued to urge the U.S. to send fighter jets to Ukraine. “America can once again demonstrate its leadership by providing Ukraine with F-15 or F-16 aircraft,” he said. The U.S. government says it is focusing on sending higher priority items to Ukraine.

Ukraine has asked Spain to provide F-16 jets, as well as artillery munitions and amphibious vehicles. Madrid is sending Leopard tanks and plans to donate additional armored personnel carriers.

South Korea has reiterated its position that it will not send lethal weapons to Ukraine. Seoul has been providing humanitarian assistance since Russia’s invasion.

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