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Quite a few reports have emerged over the previous few weeks suggesting Russia is running low on resources, with Moscow suffering huge losses of personnel and military equipment for the reason that start of the so-called “special operation”. With crippling economic sanctions beginning to bite, replacing old or destroyed material, in addition to supplying inexperienced conscripts to the front line have been replaced by recalling retired military staff under private contracts with the shady Wagner mercenary group.

The newest incident has been reported by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) intelligence report.

It states: “Ukrainian forces have announced that the pilot of a Russian Su-25 FROGFOOT ground attack aircraft shot down on June 17 was captured shortly afterwards.

“The pilot has confessed to being a former Russian air force Major, who had taken employment as a Wagner military contractor and had flown several missions in the course of the conflict.”

The MoD report continues by discussing the notion of retired military personnel getting used to bolster numbers within the Russian forces.

It said: “Using retired personnel, now working as Wagner contractors, to conduct close air support missions indicates that the Russian air force likely is struggling to support the invasion of Ukraine with sufficient aircrew.

“This is probably going on account of a mix of Russia’s insufficient numbers of suitably trained personnel and its combat losses.”

In late March, it was expected that the variety of Wagner PMCs in Ukraine could be tripled from around 300 in the beginning of the invasion to at the least 1,000 and that they were to be focused on the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

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Most embarrassing for Russia is the technology getting used within the veteran aircraft being supplied to Wagner personnel.

The MoD report continued with probably essentially the most shocking revelation: “Whilst conducting his missions, the Russian pilot reportedly used business GPS devices slightly than Russian military navigation equipment.

“This likely indicates that Wagner aircraft are older models of the Su-25 and that the Russian air force isn’t providing Wagner with up-to-date avionics equipment.”

To date, Ukraine claims over 200 Russian fixed-wing aircraft have been downed for the reason that start of the conflict.

Even with out a NATO-imposed no-fly zone above Ukraine, air defences have proved formidable, with Russia abstaining from using modern fifth-generation aircraft over Ukraine.

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On a wider scale, reports from Ukrainian sources unveil a damming reality as to Russian losses for the reason that start of the war.

Over 34,500 Russian personnel have been killed, with over 100,000 injured.

Greater than 1,500 Russian tanks have now been reduced to charred scrap metal, with hugely successful campaigns by Ukrainian defences pushing back Russian ground forces.

Critics of Russia’s military tactics suggest the bottom losses have been partially all the way down to a failed air support campaign.

When it comes to maritime figures, Ukraine states that 14 Russian vessels have been sent to the underside of the ocean or destroyed, including the Black Sea flagship and pride of the fleet, The Moskva.

The newest efforts within the Russian invasion have largely focused on the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

Russian forces have pushed deeper into eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, with Ukrainian officials announcing the autumn of a front-line village near the strategically essential cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.

Roman Vlasenko, head of the Severodonetsk district military administration, said on Tuesday that the settlement of Toshkivka is now “controlled entirely by the Russians”.

The Donbas battles have developed right into a brutal war of attrition in recent weeks, with Moscow concentrating its overwhelming firepower on a Ukrainian-held pocket of the region that Moscow claims on behalf of its separatist proxies – the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

For more stories like this, follow Defence and Security Correspondent James Lee on Twitter @JamesLee_UK

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