Russia used more weapons in 6 months than US in 20 years – General Hodges

7 September, 09:27 PM
Unexploded Russian missile in Krasnohorivka, Donetsk region, August 30 (Photo:Donetsk Regional Police via REUTERS)

Unexploded Russian missile in Krasnohorivka, Donetsk region, August 30 (Photo:Donetsk Regional Police via REUTERS)

Over the past six months, Russia has used more weapons than the United States did over the past 20 years, General Ben Hodges, former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe and a respected military expert, said in an interview with NV published on Sept. 6.

The general noted that no one knows exactly how many weapons are in Russia’s stocks, but "they have objectively used a huge part of it".

"Over the past six months, Russian troops have used more weapons than the United States has used over the past 20 years,” Hodges said.

“We know that they have used enough shells and missiles not only on the military, but also on civilian targets such as hospitals, schools, and housing, and thanks to the current sanctions, they will definitely not be able to restore most of their modern weapons.”

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According to the expert, he does not know how much conventional ammunition, missiles, and weapons Russia has left, but he can assume that they will last "for some time."

Also, the former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe drew attention to the fact that the Russian troops are beginning to use more and more old ammunition and weapons that are not well preserved, and lose a lot of materiel every day due to the strikes of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on their warehouses.

"We see that the number of artillery and rocket attacks is gradually decreasing,” Hodges added.

“Therefore, the main task remains to disrupt the logistics supply chains of the Russian army, which will make it difficult for them to transfer artillery and ammunition.”

Journalists of the investigative project The Insider in an article entitled “A farewell to arms. By year-end Russia will be left almost without shells, artillery and armored vehicles”, reported that in the battles against the Ukrainian Armed Forces Russia uses up to 40,000-60,000 shells of all types per day during high intensity hostilities, and up to 24,000 per day during “quieter” periods.

During six months of full-scale war against Ukraine, Russia has probably already spent at least 7 million shells – without taking into account the losses of frontline depots as a result of Ukrainian strikes. "In other words, if the intensity of the war remains at its current level, Moscow will face a tangible shell shortage by the end of 2022 and will have to reduce its use of artillery in order to save munitions," Insider investigators believe.

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