Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing yet another military embarrassment in Ukraine's second city, Kharkiv, after Western military support boosted the resistance's unmanned aerial vehicle and heavy artillery arsenals.
Western countries have poured money and equipment into Ukraine's armed forces, notably unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have become increasingly sophisticated. Video from the weekend showed a drone attacking a Russian transport helicopter on the Ukrainian Snake Island, which was captured on camera.
The video was published by the Ukrainian Operational Command South, which stated: "We will not be able to stop doing this.
In the words of one commander, "We are driving the enemy out of every bit of our country," including "from a small island, from the sea, and even from the air."
While attempting to knock out the Russian Mi-8 transport helicopter with this Bayraktar-TB2 drone, the United States and other Western militaries are concentrating their efforts on providing Ukrainian forces with long-range capabilities that could be critical to the resistance.
According to the Institute for the Study of War, the M777 howitzers, in conjunction with UAV supplies, "may successfully push Russian soldiers out of cannon range of Kharkiv in the coming days," according to the Institute.
According to the United Kingdom's military minister, "Russia still confronts significant obstacles." (Photo courtesy of Getty) howitzer
The United States has sent 90 towed howitzers, also known as long-range heavy artillery. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
A total of 90 towed howitzers, or long-range heavy artillery, have been delivered by the United States, with Australia and Canada each supplying six and four howitzers.
A senior US defense source described the Russian forces in Ukraine's Donbas region as being "heavily reliant" on long-range artillery, according to a report by Reuters.
"That's why we're concentrating our efforts on providing them with artillery and tactical unmanned aerial vehicles."
It is possible for the Western-supplied howitzers to hit targets up to 40 kilometers away, which is approximately twice the range of Russia's primary howitzer artillery, the 2S19 Msta.
Ukrainian military are inspecting a Russian drone that was shot down (Image: Getty)
According to a military spokesman, the anti-tank missiles were part of the Ukrainian heavy artillery arsenal and "slowed the Russians down, but it was our artillery that ultimately destroyed them."
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Monday that achieving "the right balance" between training Ukrainian military on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and heavy weapons such as howitzers is vital.
"You want to make sure that they can use the material, that they can keep it up, and that they can maintain it," he continued.
"However, you don't want to impose such an onerous obligation on them that it causes them to become distracted from the battle at hand."
Russian soldiers are suffering from a "decreased sense of purpose." (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
More than 300 Ukrainian fighters have been trained to use the M777 howitzer by the United States, with an additional 50 being trained in how to maintain the heavy artillery.
Nonetheless, when Ukrainian UAVs and howitzers retake the city of Kharkiv in the southeastern Ukraine, Putin has contend with other "major problems," such as "depleted morale."
"Russia continues to face significant problems," the United Kingdom's defense ministry stated.
"It has been obliged to combine and redistribute exhausted and dispersed troops from the unsuccessful advances in northeast Ukraine," the statement continued.
"It is likely that many of these troops are suffering from low morale," the report continued.
A senior US defense official stated last week that Russian forces were encountering "increasing concentrations of Ukrainian forces and a stiffer response, so they were still halted in general" as they advanced through the Donbas.
They went on to say: "I would characterize progress as being extremely slow and uneven.
"They have reached a stalemate in terms of their general momentum in the north," says the analyst.
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