Ukraine’s military resources ‘almost exhausted’, Russia claims

Moscow: Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said that Ukraine’s military resources were “almost exhausted”, as Kyiv waged a grueling counter offensive to recapture lost territory.

“Despite comprehensive assistance from the West, Ukraine’s armed forces are unable to achieve results,” Shoigu said at a security conference in Moscow.

“Preliminary results of the hostilities show that Ukraine’s military resources are almost exhausted,” he said, and added that there was “nothing unique” about Western weapons and that they were not invulnerable to Russian arms on the battlefield.

Kyiv kicked off its long anticipated counter offensive in June, but has acknowledged tough battles as it struggles to break through heavily fortified Russian positions. While Ukraine has claimed gains around the war-torn city of Bakhmut in its east, Russia has claimed advances around the town of Kupiansk in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

Shoigu was speaking at the Moscow Conference on International Security. Russia invited representatives from over 100 nations to attend, but Western countries were excluded.

US asks Iran to stop selling drones to Russia: Report

The US is pushing Iran to stop selling armed drones to Russia as part of discussions on a broader unwritten understanding between Washington and Tehran to de-escalate tensions, the Financial Times reported.

Moscow is using drones in the war in Ukraine, as well as spare parts for the unmanned aircraft, the report said, citing an Iranian official and another person familiar with the talks.

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