This Week in the Russia-Ukraine War (May 5)

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

Ammunition production concerns are being raised on both sides of the conflict. – Pixabay/Republica

As it prepares for a spring offensive, Ukraine is set to receive more ammunition support from the European Union. Under a new plan, EUR500 million would be earmarked to increase ammo production for Ukraine and to replenish stocks for member countries.

Russia’s Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has vowed to pull his fighters out of Bakhmut on May 10 due to a lack of ammunition and support from the Kremlin.

The U.S. announced a $300 million security assistance package for Ukraine that includes HIMARS ammo, 155mm howitzers, 155mm artillery rounds, mortar rounds (120mm, 81mm, and 60mm), TOW missiles, AT-4 and Carl Gustaf anti-armor weapons, Hydra-70 aircraft rockets, small arms and ammunition, maintenance equipment, demolition munitions to clear obstacles, trucks and trailers for transporting heavy equipment, and spare parts and other field equipment.

The U.S. has warned China against sending lethal aid to Russia, according to the American ambassador in Beijing.

Intelligence reports claim that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers have been wounded or killed since December. The figure includes around 20,000 deaths, around half of which were from the Wagner mercenary group.

Russia is conducting a series of missile strikes on Ukrainian cities.  A second attack took place in three days, striking a logistics hub in Pavlohrad, near the central city of Dnipro.

Russia continues to attack infrastructure targets throughout Ukraine.  A recent operation saw at least three missiles malfunction after launch.  The missiles were fired from Tu-95MS strategic bombers flying over the Caspian Sea.

The Ukrainian military has launched another attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet.  A Ukrainian-operated unmanned air vehicle (UAV) attempted to strike Russian warships at Sevastopol, a port city on the Crimea Peninsula.

The Russian Army is running short of tanks.  Russia has lost at least 10,000 armored vehicles, trucks and howitzers.  To support previous offensive operations, Russia deployed older T-62 tanks to defensive positions.  Now, the Russian Army is reactivating even older T-55 tanks.

The Russian Ministry of Defense is calling on domestic missile firms to double production.  These missiles are needed to support Russia’s war with Ukraine and to counter an anticipated counteroffensive by Kyiv this spring.

Ukrainian forces claim their IRIS-T air defense systems have downed over 60 Russian aerial threats since October 2022.  The first IRIS-Ts arrived in Ukraine during October 2022.

A local farmer in Ukraine has developed a remote-controlled mineclearing tractor.  This unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) uses parts from destroyed Russian-made tanks.  This UGV will help to speed up demining operations in Ukraine.


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