Russia scrambles to increase weapons production for Ukraine war | Russia-Ukraine war News


Faced with delays in military production and mounting losses on the battlefield, Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to cut bureaucracy to allocate enough weapons and supplies to feed his troops in Ukraine. where a Ukrainian counter-offensive has put Russian forces on the back foot.

The Russian military’s supply shortages in the eight-month war were so pronounced that Putin had to create a structure to try to address them.

On Tuesday, Putin chaired a new committee designed to accelerate the production and delivery of weapons and supplies for Russian troops, stressing the need to “accelerate pace in all areas”.

Russian news reports have acknowledged that many of those mobilized to fight in Ukraine — a figure the Russian president said was 222,000 out of an initial target of 300,000 — are not provided with adequate basic equipment, such as medical gear and body armor, and have had to find their own stuff.

Last week, Putin tried to show that all is well by visiting a training site in Russia where he was shown well-equipped soldiers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects the progress of mobilized soldiers at a training ground of the Western Military District in the Ryazan region, Russia, October 20, 2022 [Mikhael Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA-EFE]

Other reports have suggested that Russian troops are increasingly being forced to use old and sometimes unreliable equipment, and that some of the newly mobilized troops in the war rushed to the front with little training.

Replacing the increasingly scarce Russian-made long-range precision weapons, the United Kingdom’s Defense Ministry said Russia will now likely resort to using a large number of drones to attempt to penetrate Ukraine’s air defenses.

Russia’s “artillery ammunition is running out,” the ministry said in a report on Tuesday.

The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War said that “the slower pace of Russian air, missile and drone strikes may be a reflection of dwindling missile and drone supplies and the limited effectiveness of the strikes to target Russian forces.” achieve strategic military goals.”

Despite the supply difficulties, the Russian military inflicted massive damage and heavy losses in Ukraine, destroying homes, public buildings and Ukraine’s electricity grid. The World Bank estimates the damage to Ukraine so far at 350 billion euros (348 billion dollars).

According to the United Nations, there were 15,246 civilian casualties in Ukraine from the start of the Russian invasion on February 24 to early October. Of those, 6,114 people were killed and 9,132 were injured. About 7.7 million Ukrainians have fled the country and are now living as refugees across Europe, the UN said.

The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, on Tuesday promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that his country’s support for Ukraine would be steadfast and “as strong as ever under his premiership,” a Downing Street spokesman said.

Sunak’s predecessors, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, had vocally pledged full support to the war-torn country and the new prime minister said British military aid under his leadership would be as “strong as ever”.

“The prime minister said… President Zelenskyy could count on his government to continue to show solidarity,” the spokesman said.

Zelenskyy said in his nightly video speech that he had invited Sunak to visit Ukraine.

A senior Ukrainian official predicted late Tuesday that “the toughest battles” are yet to come for the partially Russian-occupied strategic southern Kherson province, where he said Moscow’s military is making efforts to counter Ukraine’s counter-offensive.

The region’s capital and river port Kherson, which had a pre-war population of about 280,000, is the largest urban center Russia still possesses since it was captured during the invasion of Ukraine eight months ago.

Ukrainian forces do not appear to have gained much ground in their counter-offensive in the Kherson region since early October.

“Everything is clear with Kherson. The Russians complement and strengthen their group there,” Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said in an online video on Tuesday evening.

“It means that no one is preparing to withdraw. On the contrary, the toughest battles will take place for Kherson,” said Arestovych, who did not say when the battle could take place.

One of Moscow’s allies on Tuesday urged Russia to step up the pace and extent of Ukraine’s destruction.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the regional leader of Chechnya who has sent troops to fight in Ukraine, urged Moscow to destroy entire cities in retaliation for the Ukrainian shelling of Russian territory.

“Our response was too weak,” Kadyrov said on his messaging app channel.

“If a shell flies into our region, entire cities have to be wiped off the face of the earth so they never think they can fire in our direction,” he said.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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