Russian President Vladimir Putin, facing delays in military production and increased losses on the battlefieldurged his government to cut the bureaucracy to provide enough weapons and supplies to feed his troops in Ukraine, where a Ukrainian counter-offensive brought Russian forces to a halt.
The Russian army is short of supplies in the eight-month war It was clearly stated that Putin had to create a structure to try to deal with them.
On Tuesday, Putin chaired a new commission designed to accelerate the production and delivery of weapons and supplies to the Russian military, while stressing the need to achieve a higher tempo in all field.
Russian news reports have acknowledged that many of those mobilized to fight in Ukraine – the number the Russian president said was 222,000 out of an initial target of 300,000 – were under-supplied. enough basic equipment, such as medical kits and coats, and had to find their own supplies.
Last week, Putin tried to show all is well by visiting a training site in Russia, where he was shown well-equipped soldiers.
Other reports suggest that the Russian military is increasingly forced to use old and sometimes unreliable equipment, and that some of the newly mobilized soldiers have been sent to the front lines of the war with little training.
As an alternative to increasingly scarce Russian-made long-range precision weapons, the UK’s Ministry of Defense says Russia has the ability to use a large number of drones to try to penetrate systems. Ukrainian air defense system.
The ministry said in a report Tuesday, “Russian artillery shells are running low.
The Washington, DC-based Institute for the Study of War says the “slower pace of Russian air, missile and drone strikes likely reflects a decline in missile stocks and drones as well as the limited effectiveness of strikes in accomplishing strategic Russian military objectives.”
Despite the supply problems, The Russian army caused great damage and heavy casualties in Ukraine, destroying homes, public buildings and the power grid of Ukraine. The World Bank estimates the damage to Ukraine so far at 350 billion euros ($348 billion).
According to the United Nations, Since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24 to early October, there have been 15,246 civilian casualties recorded in Ukraine. In which, 6,114 people were killed and 9,132 people were injured. About 7.7 million Ukrainians have left the country and are now living as refugees across Europe, according to the United Nations.
A Downing Street spokesman said the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that his country’s support for Ukraine would be steadfast and “stronger than ever under the rule of law”. his prime minister”.
Sunak’s predecessors, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, vowed full support for the war-torn country and the new prime minister said the UK’s military support would be “stronger than ever before.” time is over” under his leadership.
“The prime minister said… President Zelenskyy can count on his government to stay united,” the spokesman said.
Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address that he invited Sunak to visit Ukraine.
A senior Ukrainian official predicted late on Tuesday that the “heaviest battle” was yet to come for part of the country. Russian-occupied southern strategic Kherson provinceAccording to him, Moscow’s troops are facing a Ukrainian counterattack.
The regional capital and Kherson River port, which had a pre-war population of about 280,000, is the largest urban center Russia has still held since capturing it early in the invasion of Ukraine eight months ago.
Ukrainian forces do not appear to have much basis in their counterattack in the Kherson area since the beginning of October.
“With Kherson everything is clear. The Russians are replenishing, strengthening their group there,” Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said in an online video on Tuesday night.
“Meaning that no one is prepared to retreat. On the contrary, the heaviest battle will be for Kherson,” according to Arestovych, who did not say when the battle might come.
One of Moscow’s allies on Tuesday urged Russia to step up the speed and scale of its destruction of Ukraine.
Ramzan Kadyrov, regional leader of Chechnya who sent troops to fight in Ukraine, called on Moscow to destroy all cities in retaliation for Ukraine’s shelling of Russian territory.
“Our response is too weak,” Kadyrov said on his messaging app channel.
“If a shell hits our area, the whole city has to be wiped off the face of the earth so they never think they can fire at us,” he said.