After a weekend of more fierce fighting almost 100,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the start of the war on 24 February.
Ukrainian forces have estimated that 94,760 Russians have been slaughtered, more than 280,000 of Vladimir Putin’s troops have been wounded with around 1,000 captured.
It is believed that around a third were obliterated by HIMAR missile systems which has been targeting the city of Melitopol.
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Ivan Fedorov, the exiled Mayor of Melitopol said that around 200 Russian soldiers were slain in the southern Ukrainian city.
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) have said on Monday that is it “unlikely” Russia will “achieve its objectives” in Ukraine.
Last week the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that they are aiming to reclaim the recently annexed regions of Zaporizhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk.
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The MoD said in their intelligence briefing, “Russia’s strategy is currently unlikely to achieve its objectives: it is highly unlikely that the Russian military is currently able to generate an effective striking force capable of retaking these areas.
The Wagner HQ in Svatove got HIMARSed a few hours ago.
Judging by videos, there were many fatalities.
One of the videos circulating is very graphic, showing a wounded soldier holding on to a person who is no longer alive. pic.twitter.com/taDVxl1Ga2
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“Russian ground forces are unlikely to make operationally significant advances within the next several months.”
In the early hours of Monday morning Ukrainian forces blew up a “hostel” housing Russian mercenaries in the eastern city of Svatove.
There were “many fatalities” and footage shows a Russian mercenary saying “F***, there is not half a hostel here.”
On Sunday in the Russian occupied city of Melitopol Ukrainian forces launched a deadly HIMAR attack destroying a barracks.
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There were 10 explosions which ripped through military infrastructure killing many Russian troops, Ukrainian officials confirmed on Sunday.
A former resort and hotel complex were also destroyed in the HIMAR attacks and the church in the city was obliterated which was used a barracks by Russian troops.