Why Russia’s offensive failed, Russia hoping for a draw, problems seizing Russian assets

14 April, 01:30 PM

Your slice of the headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Friday, April 14, 2023

●      Military expert explains failure of Russian offensive and why aggressor is losing war of attrition
Azerbaijani military analyst Agil Rustamzade explains why the expected major Russian offensive this winter fizzled out, and why the aggressor is losing the war of attrition.

●      Ukrainian intelligence ‘close to identifying’ Russians behind brutal beheading of Ukrainian PoW
Ukraine’s intelligence services are close to identifying the Russian soldiers seen in a horrifying video of the beheading of a Ukrainian prisoner of war with a knife while he was still alive, Ukrainian ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said on April 13.

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●      Apple stops sourcing rare earth minerals from Russia
U.S. tech giant Apple has officially stopped importing tungsten, tantalum, and gold directly from Russia, Russian business news outlet Kommersant reported on April 13, citing Apple’s Q1 report.

●      Russian elites already hoping at best for draw in war against Ukraine, says intelligence
Russian elites realize that Russia will not win the war against Ukraine, so they are now hoping for some sort of a stalemate or a draw, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence spokesperson, Andriy Yusov, told Ukrainian television’s Channel 24 on April 12.

●      Russian infighting ‘broader and deeper’ than previously believed – leaked US intel
The depth of the infighting inside the Russian government appears broader and deeper than previously thought – if documents from the newest cache of classified intelligence documents leaked online is to be believed, the New York Times reported on April 13.

●      How Ukraine’s political and military leadership can protect the lives of soldiers – Ukrainian military journalist
Ukrainian military journalist Yuriy Butusov said in a Facebook post on April 12 that the brutal video of Russian soldiers torturing and beheading a Ukrainian soldier while he was still alive raises a number of questions for Ukraine’s military and political leadership to answer.

●      It’s becoming more difficult for Russians to evade mobilization, journalist says
Moscow is clamping down on rampant bribery used to avoid mobilization and conscription, Russian journalist Timur Olevsky said in an interview with Radio NV on April 13.

●      EU unable to simply seize frozen assets of Russia’s central bank, report says
The European Commission has concluded it will be legally obliged to return the frozen assets of Russia’s central bank after the war, German newspaper Die Welt reported on April 13, citing an internal commission memo. The document will become a basis for talks with some EU member states on the subject.

●      SBU detains enemy informant who guided in Shahed drone attacks on Odesa
Ukraine’s SBU security service has detained an enemy informant who was fine-tuning Shahed drone attacks in Odesa, the SBU’s press service reported on Telegram on April 13.

●      Poland could host maintenance centers for Abrams tanks in Europe, official says
Poland could soon host a maintenance facility for U.S.-made M1 Abrams main battle tanks, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on April 12, as reported by Polish news agency PAP.

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