Ammunition shortages prompt reduced Russian artillery fire intensity

3 January, 04:05 AM
Ukrainian soldiers prepare to fire a mortar on the outskirts of Bakhmut, December 30 (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva)

Ukrainian soldiers prepare to fire a mortar on the outskirts of Bakhmut, December 30 (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva)

Facing possible shell shortages, Russian troops in Donbas are forced to dramatically reduce the intensity of their artillery use, Ukraine’s Operational Command East spokesman Serhiy Cherevaty told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Jan. 2.

According to Cherevaty, Moscow’s troops now fire around 20,000 shells per day, albeit concentrated on small segments of the frontline.

“Earlier, they could afford the ‘luxury’ of ‘showering’ (Ukrainian troops) along the entire frontline with 60,000 shells per day…,” said Cherevaty.

“Recall that during the summer (2022) battles, they would ‘rain down’ a wall of fire, while our troops held positions across the perimeter and didn’t let them break through; now they (the Russians) are focusing on specific areas (of the front).”

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Earlier, head of Ukrainian Military Intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, said that Russia has reduced its artillery shell expenditure from the peak of 60,000 per day to about 19,000-20,000 per day.

Cherevaty noted the enemy didn’t expect that the war would last this long, with artillery ammunition consumption approaching WWII levels.

“They (Russian forces) are drawing (ammunition) from more and more remote regions of Russia,” he added. “According to our information, they are scouring every totalitarian country that uses Soviet weapons, for a range of 122mm and 152mm; they understand that if the war continues at this pace, they will also have an issue with ammunition (shortages).”

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