The Russian occupiers have already used more than 60% of the stockpile of high-precision weapons, according to Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyiv Independent reported May 25. Vadym Skibitskyi, deputy head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, further added that Russia cannot replenish its reserves quickly.
“According to our data, if we talk about high-precision weapons, about 60% of the stock has already been used. We see changes and we understand that the resource of high-precision weapons, high-precision ammunition in Russia is at at the borders,” said Vadym Skibitsky.
Skibitsky is convinced that Russia currently does not have the ability to quickly replenish depleted stocks of high-precision weapons. According to him, due to Western economic sanctions, Russian industry is unable to obtain the necessary number of imported components to equip high-precision missiles. Notably, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said on May 9 that Russia still has enough components to equip missiles and the ability to mass-produce them. Malyar said in late April that Russia had launched more than 1,300 missiles into Ukraine.
Putin signs decree to provide passports to residents of Russian-controlled regions
On May 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree making it easier to obtain Russian citizenship and passports for residents of Ukraine’s occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. The announcement brings the two territories closer to “Russification”, as Moscow’s battle in Ukraine allowed it to build a continuous land bridge linking Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, which it annexed to Ukraine in 2014.
The southern area of Kherson is fully under Russian control, while the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia is only partially under Russian control. The governor of Kherson, Ukraine, was ousted, and the military-civilian administration said earlier this month that it planned to ask Putin for permission to join Russia by the end of 2022. Moreover, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia could be part of Russia, according to Moscow and pro-Moscow officials.
On May 23, Kherson officials designated the ruble as the official currency alongside the Ukrainian hryvnia. On May 19, officials based in Moscow announced a similar measure in parts of the Zaporizhzhia region. The Ukrainian army has been stretched more than at any time since the first terrible weeks following the Russian invasion. He may be fighting a losing battle in Luhansk, in the northwest corner of the Donbass region.