Moscow seeks to buy Soviet-era artillery shells from Central Asia, Ukrainian intelligence says

13 September, 02:44 PM
After seven months, Russians experiencing shortages of artillery ammunition (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

After seven months, Russians experiencing shortages of artillery ammunition (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

 Russian forces are experiencing a shortage of artillery shells and are looking to buy old Soviet-era ordnance from a number of Central Asian countries, Ukrainian military intelligence said in a message on its website on Sept. 13.

 “The Kremlin is attempting to leverage the resources of Central Asian countries in its war in Ukraine,” the message said.

“Moscow is largely looking to replenish its stockpile of Soviet-made ammunition and spare parts.”

According to the report, Russian military procurement recently requested to purchase ammunition for its Uragan rocket artillery from Tajikistan, along with shells for Pion howitzers and armored personnel carrier (APC) engines.

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Furthermore, the Russian Defense Ministry has invited retired Tajikistan military service members to sign contracts and fight in Ukraine, the report said.

A stunning Ukrainian counteroffensive has already pushed Russian troops out of Kharkiv Oblast.

On Sept. 12 alone, Kyiv claimed regained control of over 20 settlements in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry hinted that at least 6,000 square kilometers of territory has been liberated since Sept. 1.

The collapse of Russian lines in Kharkiv Oblast has forced Moscow to put planned sham annexation “referendums” on hold across occupied Ukrainian territories.

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