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Russia boosts artillery production, but it is not enough – Reuters

9 September, 2023 Saturday
13:50

Russia is likely to increase its artillery production in the next few years to about 2 million shells per year, almost double previous Western expectations, but this still falls short of Moscow's needs for the war in Ukraine

Reuters reports this with reference to a Western official.

The anonymous official estimated that Russia has fired 10 to 11 million shells into Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. However, according to him, the situation in Russia is quite difficult.

"If you expended 10 million rounds last year and you're in the middle of a fight and you can only produce 1 to 2 million rounds a year, I don't think that's a very strong position," he said.

Other Russian investments in the defense sector could also allow Moscow to produce about 200 tanks a year, which is twice as much as previous Western estimates. But, according to the official, this is also far from what Russia needs after heavy losses in Ukraine.

"When you've lost 2,000 tanks, you've got a decade before you get to where you started," the official said, adding Russia had also lost 4,000 armored fighting vehicles, over 100 aircraft and suffered 270,000 casualties in the conflict, including both forces killed and wounded.

  • On August 22, ISW reported that Russian troops, especially the 20th and 2nd Combined Arms Armies operating in eastern Ukraine, lack light transport vehicles. This prevents them from operating effectively and lowers their morale.

  • The General Staff reported that on September 7, the Russian army lost 640 soldiers, 23 tanks, and 31 artillery systems.

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