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Russia has 4 million more artillery shells – Estonian intelligence

20 October, 2023 Friday
19:20

Russia still has about 4 million artillery shells, which will be enough for low-intensity fighting for another year

Colonel Ants Kiviselg, head of the Estonian Defense Forces Intelligence Center, said this, ERR reports.

And given the likely supply of 350,000 artillery shells from the DPRK to Russia, Moscow plans to continue the war against Ukraine for a long time, the officer said.

"There have been reports of up to 1,000 sea containers being shipped to Tikhoretsk in Krasnodar Krai. Assuming that one sea container can hold 300-350 pieces of artillery ammunition, it can be said that a total of 300,000 – 350,000 pieces have been transferred. Considering that the daily consumption of artillery ammunition by the Russian troops is 10,000 pieces, this amount would be enough to last around one month," Kiviselg said.

"According to our calculations, Russia should still have around four million pieces of ammunition left. This [means they] could continue at the current relatively low intensity of [using] 10,000 rounds per day for just over a year," Kiviselg said.

Thus, according to him, the supply of ammunition to the front is not necessarily the main goal or an inevitable necessity. Rather, it is a matter of accumulation for the long term.

"The supplies from North Korea indicate that Russia plans to continue its war in Ukraine for a long time and is taking concrete steps towards doing so," Kiviselg said.

  • As of late summer, Ukrainian intelligence suggested that Russia had at least 585 missiles in its stockpile capable of firing at a distance of more than 500 kilometers.
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