Russia may soon run out of troops and weapons

Written by Javed Iqbal

  • Boris Johnson told European media that Russia may soon run out of weapons and soldiers.
  • British intelligence on the Ukraine war suggests that Russia may lose its “forward-looking momentum,” according to Johnson.
  • Johnson said he intends to ask the G7 to help Ukraine in a counter-offensive with more equipment.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week that he believes Russia will soon lose momentum in its war with Ukraine.

Speaking to the German newspaper southern German newspaperJohnson said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army was suffering heavy losses of troops and equipment just to gain ground in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Referring to intelligence reports from the British defense forces, Johnson said he believed the Russian attack on Ukraine was likely to lose steam in the coming months.

“However, our defense intelligence service believes that in the next few months, Russia may reach a point where there is no longer any forward momentum because it has depleted its resources,” he told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

“Then we must help the Ukrainians turn the tide. I will argue for this at the Group of Seven summit,” he said, according to the newspaper.

Johnson also told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung that he believed it was important for the Ukrainian army to be supported in launching a counter-offensive if it was capable of it.

“This is their crisis. They are victims of Putin’s aggression, they have to decide what they want to do. But it’s quite clear if you go to Ukraine, if you talk to the Ukrainians, and if you talk to [Ukrainian President Volodymr] Zelenskyy. you will get away with the overwhelming perception that the Ukrainians will not concede their territory, “he said according to the newspaper.

Johnson added that he believed a victory for Ukraine would include the expulsion of Russian forces from the territories they invaded and that Ukraine “regains the status quo” before the February 24 invasion, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

“Ukraine must win, we agree. The unity of the West is far more conspicuous than the divisions,” Johnson told the newspaper.

It has intelligence from Britain suggested Russia may soon struggle to produce enough military equipment to fuel a protracted conflict in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s forces are currently engaged in one critical struggle in the Donbas. In June, Ukraine estimated that Russia had 10 to 15 times more artillery than its forces, appeals to the West to send more weapons. Reports have also cited an increasing number deserters among Ukrainian forces.

Earlier this month, a senior U.S. official also said Washington Post to Russia is likely to gain control of eastern Ukraine within a few weeks after doubling its military operations in the Donbas.

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