Ukrainian defense says Russia used 60% of its high-precision artillery

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Ukraine’s Defense Ministry claimed on Wednesday that Russia had used 60% of its high-precision weapons as its war in Ukraine raged for the 13th week.

“According to our data, if we talk about high-precision weapons, about 60% of their stock has already been used,” said deputy head of the ministry’s general intelligence directorate, Vadym Skibitskyi, in an interview translated by a Ukrainian newspaper. exit.

The official said Russia’s Iskander missile, a short-range ballistic missile system, was just one of the weapons Moscow was struggling to replenish.

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Ukrainian soldiers examine several Russian missiles abandoned by Russian troops, in the village of Berezivka, Ukraine, April 21.
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Ukrainian soldiers examine several Russian missiles abandoned by Russian troops, in the village of Berezivka, Ukraine, April 21.
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Severe international sanctions and a war that Western officials say has already lasted far longer than Russia was prepared for have left Russia scrambling to replenish and repair its wartime needs.

Skibitskyi claimed that Russia had changed tactics and become more cautious about the number of missiles it fired at Ukrainian targets.

Russian forces rely on a combination of ballistic missile, cruise, land, naval and air defenses in their battle for eastern and southern Ukraine.

Despite weeks of brutal warfare, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned this week that Ukraine’s fight for survival will become even more difficult as Moscow seeks to secure a victory over Ukraine.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa after their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, May 21, 2022.

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa after their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, May 21, 2022.
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“The next weeks of war will be difficult. And we have to be aware of that,” he said. “Still, we have no alternative but to fight. Fight and win.

“The occupiers want to take away from us…everything we have. Including the right to life for Ukrainians,” he added.

Zelenskyy said Russia was rebuilding its combat strength by relying on reservists as death rates continued to rise.

Russian lawmakers also passed a law on Wednesday that will eliminate the existing age limit for those who can serve in the military. Men 41 and older will be able to be drafted into Russian ranks once President Vladimir Putin signs the bill.

But if Russian President Vladimir Putin is able to send in additional corps, replacing his artillery seems to be another matter.

Russian servicemen march during a Victory Day parade, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, 9 May 2022.

Russian servicemen march during a Victory Day parade, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, 9 May 2022.
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Zelenskyy said Russian forces carried out nearly 1,475 missile strikes using 2,275 different missiles, along with another 3,000 airstrikes carried out by Russian aircraft.

“The vast majority … were aimed at civilian objects,” he said.

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