This Week in the Russia-Ukraine War (July 28)

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

soldiers plant a Ukrainian flag on a truck

The Spanish Ministry of Defense announced a shipment of tanks, vehicles, and ammunition to Ukraine. A ship departed Spain Monday carrying four Leopard 2 tanks, 10 M-113 armored personnel carriers, 10 Navy trucks, one multipurpose armored vehicle, three civil ambulances, and one armored ambulance. The equipment is expected to be delivered in early August. The four Leopard 2s will join six tanks already delivered to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s defense minister said that Ukraine will continue to attack Russian assets in Crimea, including the Kerch Bridge that connects the peninsula with mainland Russia. He also said that Ukraine’s offensive has been progressing slower than anticipated.

Despite pressure from Ukraine and several U.S. lawmakers, the Biden administration has not changed its position that it won’t supply long-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to Kyiv. The Pentagon maintains there are higher priorities for Ukraine right now, and U.S. officials are concerned about shrinking the Army’s fixed inventory of missiles as the service awaits a follow-on capability called the Precision Strike Missile. Kyiv says it needs the ATACMS to support its ongoing offensives to breach Russian defensive positions.

The U.S. announced a $400 million security assistance package to Ukraine on July 25. The package includes several missile systems, including interceptors for Patriot and National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) ammo, Stinger air defense missiles, TOW missiles, Javelin and other anti-armor rockets, and Hydra-70 aircraft rockets. The U.S. is also providing 32 Stryker vehicles, Hornet unmanned aerial systems, and night vision devices. Also included are various artillery and mortar rounds, as well as small arms ammunition and grenades, plus other field equipment.

A bipartisan majority of 7 in 10 voters favor the U.S. continuing to provide significant military aid to Ukraine to help in its ongoing war with Russia, according to an in-depth study by the Program for Public Consultation together with the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

Russia used  Kh-22 Burya missiles modernized into Kh-32 missiles in its attack on Odesa during the night of July 23, according to Ukrainian officials.  Moscow has large stockpiles of Kh-22 missiles and is modifying them to improve performance.

A Russian ammunition depot in Crimea has been hit in a missile strike.  The depot is near the village of Vilne.

Russia is accusing Ukraine of conducting a drone attack on Moscow.  Russian officials say drones struck two buildings in Moscow.

A major Russian vehicle support and maintenance depot in Crimea has been hit by a cruise missile.  The depot was reportedly hit by a British-made Storm Shadow cruise missile fired by a Ukrainian Su-24 fighter aircraft.

Russia has heavily modified its Ka-52 Alligator (Hokum-B) attack helicopters in order to defeat Ukrainian air defenses.  This modified helicopter is outfitted with a new long-range anti-tank missile – the LMUR.

A British-made Starstreak surface-to-air missile (SAM) has destroyed a Russian Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter flying over Ukraine.  This attack took place during fighting in Donetsk.

Russia launched an attack on an airfield that is home to Ukrainian fighter aircraft equipped with Storm Shadow cruise missiles.  The attack took place on July 26.



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