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Russians expend 12,000 rounds for every 2,000 shots by Ukrainian troops — military

9 January, 2024 Tuesday

Denys Nahornyi, Chief of Staff of the Artillery for the 4th Rubizh Brigade, points out that the Russian occupying forces are using artillery ammunition at a significantly higher rate than the Ukrainian Defense Forces

He shared the information on Espreso TV.

"Neither side has any tactical success in the Bakhmut direction. The war has become stagnant and static. Artillery ping-pong is taking place on most of the front line. That is, the exchange of ammunition. Unfortunately, the current situation is not in our favor. While before the New Year, the Russians responded to our 7,000 shots with 10,000 of their own, now we are using 2,000 rounds of ammunition, and the Russians are using more than 12,000," said Nahornyi.

According to Nahornyi, Ukrainian troops need more reconnaissance drones for more effective counter-battery combat.

"The defense forces maintain parity with the occupiers in the use of drones across all types. While there is always a shortage, we are not inferior to the Russians in this aspect. In addition, I would like to note that counter-battery warfare will be more effective in cooperation with reconnaissance drones. That is why it is important to equip our units with drones of all types - from FPV to reconnaissance drones," he added.

  • On April 13, the EU Council approved the allocation of €1 billion for ammunition for Ukraine. On May 2, the EU prepared a plan to produce 1 million shells for Ukraine and its own stockpile.
  • On May 23, EU Chief Diplomat Josep Borrell announced that since the beginning of the year, EU states have already provided more than one-fifth of the one million artillery rounds and missiles to Ukraine as part of an initiative to provide Ukraine with one million rounds.
  • On June 1, the European Parliament supported a bill to increase European production of ammunition and missiles to support the Ukrainian army. On July 7, the Council of the European Union and the Parliament agreed on a draft regulation on the Act in Support of Ammunition Production (ASAP), which would increase the production of missiles and shells.
  • On July 13, the European Parliament approved plans to increase the production of ammunition and missiles in the EU to overcome the current shortage due to supplies to Ukraine.
  • On September 5, the European Defense Agency signed 8 framework contracts with industry for the joint purchase of 155-mm ammunition for Ukraine.
  • In early November, media reported that the EU fears that the bloc may not be able to provide Ukraine with one million rounds of ammunition by the promised deadline of March 2024.
  • On November 14, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that the EU would not be able to fulfill its promise to supply one million artillery rounds to Ukraine by March 2024. 
  • On November 17, Latvian President Edgars Rinkēvičs said that if the EU does not have enough ammunition and equipment to help Ukraine, it should be purchased abroad and provided to the Ukrainian army.
  • Subsequently, European Commissioner Thierry Breton said that the EU could and did provide Ukraine with one million rounds of ammunition by March 2024. These are 155 mm caliber shells and missiles.
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