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The missile was shot down over Krovohrad Oblast in central Ukraine on the night of Saturday May 14. He was shot before reaching the regional capital Kropyvnystksyi, home to 226,000 people.

Local publication The Kyiv Independent tweeted: “Russian missile targeting Kropyvnytsky shot down by air defense.

“Local administration chief Andriy Raikovych said the missile was shot down over Kirovohrad oblast in central Ukraine overnight before reaching Kropyvnytsky, the regional capital of 226,000 people. .”

It comes as Ukrainian authorities claimed Russian troops had begun to withdraw from its second-largest city, Kharkiv, after weeks of heavy shelling.

Ukrainian authorities said on Saturday (May 14) that Russian forces were withdrawing from the eastern city and focusing on protecting supply routes while launching mortars, artillery and airstrikes on the eastern region of Donetsk.

This follows news that Russia has struggled to make gains in Ukraine in recent weeks despite shifting its offensive to the eastern Donbass region after Kremlin troops were forced to withdraw from the capital. kyiv.

Moscow has suffered heavy losses in military equipment and personnel, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claiming that up to 27,000 Russian troops have died since the war began.

The Russian offensive in the eastern Donbass region has “lost momentum and fallen far behind”, according to British military intelligence.

In its latest military assessment of the situation in Ukraine, published on Sunday, the British Ministry of Defense said that Russia had probably lost around a third of the ground forces it had deployed in Ukraine since the invasion began on 24 february.

The Ministry of Defense tweeted: “The Russian offensive in Donbass has lost momentum and is way behind schedule.

“Despite initial small-scale advances, Russia has failed to make substantial territorial gains over the past month while maintaining consistently high levels of attrition.

“Russia probably suffered losses of a third of the ground combat force it committed in February.

“These delays will almost certainly be exacerbated by the loss of critical enablers such as bridging equipment and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance drones.

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“Russian bridging equipment had been insufficient throughout the conflict, slowing and limiting offensive maneuvers. Russian drones are vital for tactical awareness and artillery direction, but have been vulnerable to Ukrainian anti-aircraft capabilities .

The Defense Ministry said Russian forces are “increasingly constrained by degraded enabling capabilities, persistently low morale and reduced combat effectiveness.”

He added: “Many of these capabilities cannot be replaced or replenished quickly and will likely continue to hamper Russian operations in Ukraine.”

He said Russia is unlikely to significantly accelerate its pace of progress over the next 30 days under current conditions.

Moscow shifted the focus of its offensive to the eastern Donbass region last month after Russian troops were pushed back from the capital kyiv.

However, the Defense Ministry said it had not made substantial territorial gains in the past month despite small-scale advances in Donbass, which was already partly held by pro-Moscow separatists.

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At a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin on Sunday, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said backing the Kyiv government was essential to help it “push Russia out” of the conflict. ‘Ukraine.

She said in a statement: “Putin must face lasting defeat in Ukraine, Russia must be contained and such aggression must never happen again.

“Ukraine’s security must come from its ability to defend itself. Allies must support Ukraine’s transition to NATO-standard equipment, providing the required artillery, training and expertise immediately.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said the Ukrainians were now in a position to defeat Russia and win the war.

He told reporters: “The brutal invasion of Russia is losing momentum. With significant support from allies and partners in the billions of dollars, in military support, in financial support, in humanitarian support, we know that with the bravery of the Ukrainian people and military and with our help, Ukraine can win this war.

Christi C. Elwood