Ukraine now most vulnerable since early 2022 — report

Ukrainian soldier near Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast
Ukrainian soldier near Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast

Currently, Ukraine is more vulnerable than at any time since the early weeks of the full-scale Russian invasion in 2022, Ukrainian soldiers and commanders from several brigades told The New York Times on May 14.

According to the newspaper, ammunition shortages, mounting casualties, and months of delays in U.S. assistance have adversely impacted the Ukrainian military.

"Frankly speaking, I am worried that if I don't have shells, if I don't have people, if I don't have equipment for my people to fight with ... that's it," said Lt. Col. Oleksandr Voloshyn, a veteran of the 59th Motorized Rifle Brigade's tank battalion.

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Russia is trying to take advantage of this situation by ramping up assaults in eastern Ukraine, while also threatening to open a new front north of Kharkiv, the report adds.

“It's like when you have a failing engine in your car, but you keep driving,” said Lt. Oleksandr Shyrshyn, deputy commander of the 47th Mechanized Brigade.

“The car still runs, but at some point, it will just stop. Then you will spend even more resources to repair the engine. Similarly, there are mistakes that didn’t seem critical [at the time] but led to the current need to stabilize the situation. And it's unclear where this stabilization [of the frontline] will happen.”

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