Ukrainian Army In Dire State

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( – Last week, classified documents noting the weaknesses in the Ukrainian army, including ammunition and air defense problems have led to an investigation into the leak.

The Washington Post was one of the first to report that leaked Pentagon documents had been detailing how Ukraine’s air defense might not be able to hold off and protect the front lines until the end of May. One of the documents from the Defense Department’s Joint Staff also pointed out that the “medium-range air defense” that Ukraine had was going to be “completely reduced by May 23.”

According to the classified document, Ukraine’s first layer of defense ammunition had also dwindled out, and the “2nd and 3rd Layer expenditure rates will increase, reducing the ability to defend against Russian aerial attacks from all altitudes.”

The leak is currently being investigated by both the Justice Department and the Defense Department which are trying to investigate the origin of the leaks following the posting of the documents by a Russian source to online social media websites, like Twitter. The documents are dating back from March or earlier in the year and they detail information regarding ammunition, Ukrainian training, estimated casualties for both sides, and other information. However, there does not appear to be any information leaked about a possible Ukrainian counter-offensive plan expected for this spring.

According to a report by the New York Times, the documents also include an assessment of the state of fighting in Bakhmut, a city in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region which has been under siege for over 7 months.

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