Soviet-era maps from the 1970s and misfiring weapons are behind Russia’s slow invasion of Ukraine, Western experts claim
Russian forces are advancing at a snail’s pace in Ukraine as commanders’ maps are half a century old and their weapons are misfiring, Western officials said yesterday.
Clutching charts printed in the 1970s, frustrated Russian top brass are taking territory at a rate of just half a mile a day.
Their intended targets do not appear on these maps as many structures were erected more recently.
Moscow’s soldiers are reduced to guessing where to fire rockets, so missiles are missing their targets and endangering more civilians.
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced yesterday Britain will send war crimes experts to help the Ukrainian government with investigations into Russian atrocities.
The team will support the government in Kyiv in gathering evidence and prosecuting war crimes and will include experts in conflict-related sexual violence.
Clutching charts printed in the 1970s, frustrated Russian top brass will be fearful of Putin (above) for taking territory at a rate of just half a mile a day
Russian forces are advancing at a snail’s pace in Ukraine as commanders’ maps are half a century old and their weapons are misfiring, Western officials said yesterday. Above: A Ukrainian soldier stands on a destroyed Russian tank
Mass graves and bodies of civilians mowed down in the streets have been uncovered in areas like Bucha (pictured) after the Russians were forced to retreat. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced yesterday Britain will send war crimes experts to help the Ukrainian government with investigations into Russian atrocities
They will arrive in neighbouring Poland early next month to examine how they can assist. Last night a Western official said of Moscow’s ground offensive: ‘Russian forces are using antiquated mapping, some of it from the 1970s.
‘So the maps do not represent the target sets they are attempting to strike.
‘Weapons are proving less accurate than they hoped, putting towns and villages at risk. In some villages not a single building remains intact.
‘Yet Russian losses remain greater than Ukrainian losses and these losses are affecting the will of Russian soldiers to fight.
‘The nature of Russia’s tactics have been crass, compounding problems caused by political inference.
‘So there are some introspective moments when they wonder how and why everything has gone wrong.’
Russian troops outnumber Ukrainians roughly three to one in eastern Ukraine, where decisive battles are expected to be fought in the coming weeks.
But Russia has made slow progress in its bid to capture the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, with a major breakthrough proving elusive, according to intelligence reports.
Logistical issues are continuing to plague Moscow’s troops despite their operations now being confined to Ukraine’s east.
Will Vlad meet Zelensky at G20?
Will the Russian president meet the Ukrainian president at the G20 summit?
Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation to attend the G20 summit – leading to a possible showdown with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Russian president’s invitation, which surprised many observers, was confirmed yesterday. He has apparently confirmed his intention to attend the high-level meetings in November.
His presence will cause significant issues for Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden. Mr Zelensky has also been invited and tweeted he was ‘grateful’ for Ukraine’s inclusion as it does not belong to the G20 forum of the world’s most developed and emerging economies.
The summit will be held in Bali in Indonesia. Last night, the country’s president Joko Widodo said: ‘Indonesia wants to unite the G20. Don’t let there be a split.’