Russia may struggle to replenish ordnance despite higher spending, says UK MoD

14 June, 01:09 PM
Russia will have problems with replenishing equipment, the British Defense Ministry said (Photo:General Staff)

Russia will have problems with replenishing equipment, the British Defense Ministry said (Photo:General Staff)

Russia will face problems in replacing its lost weapons and military equipment, despite increased funding, the UK Ministry of Defense said in a Twitter post on June 14.

The ministry claims that on June 10, the first deputy head of the Russian Military Industrial Commission predicted that government spending on the army would increase by 600-700 billion rubles ($10.5-12.3 billion) – an almost 20% hike in funding. 

State financing will allow Russia’s defense industry to slowly mobilize to meet the needs arising from the war against Ukraine. 

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However, many of these needs are further complicated by the effects of sanctions and lack of expertise in high-tech weapons development. 

"Russia’s production of high-quality optics and advanced electronics likely remain troubled and could undermine its efforts to replace equipment lost in Ukraine," the MoD believes. 

The agency also noted that Russia's operational efforts continue to be concentrated around the city of Severodonetsk in Luhansk Oblast. Also, for the first time in several weeks, Russian troops may have made gains in Kharkiv Oblast.

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