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Ukraine is preparing for a change of war where modern artillery will dominate

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Ukraine is preparing for a different type of war in its eastern regions as Russia seeks complete control of Donbass.

US defense officials have been sounding the alarm for weeks that terrain will dictate a different type of battlefront in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions and that modern artillery will take center stage as kyiv attempts to push back Russian attacks.

Russian soldiers pose next to a T-80 tank in a position near the Azovstal frontline in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol.
(Maximilian Clarke/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

ZELENSKYY WARNS RUSSIA LIKELY TO INVADE OTHER COUNTRIES IF SUCCESSFUL IN UKRAINE

“The Kremlin has openly declared its intention to conquer eastern Ukraine, and developments on the ground leave no doubt that we are witnessing the start of a massive offensive by Russian forces in Donbass,” he said. said the American ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. (OSEC) in a meeting Friday before the Special Permanent Council in Vienna.

“Everything indicates that the dynamics of the battlefield will soon shift from close-range combat to longer-range fire where artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems are essential,” he added.

The United States announced this week that it would send another $800 million package to Ukraine stocked with security aid that a senior US defense official said was “strategically” planned with the Ukrainians for help them in the impending fight in the Donbass.

Despite continued fighting and shelling in areas of Donbass, the United States believes that Russia has not yet launched its offensive campaign there and is still carrying out “shaping operations”.

The United States not only sent additional supplies of howitzers, which are cannon-like long-range weapons, tactical vehicles to tow the howitzers, field equipment and spare parts, but the United States Air Force has developed a drone “Phoenix Ghost” specially designed for Ukrainian needs.

A senior defense official said the drone will have similar capabilities to a Switchblade drone – which is easily carried and launched by an individual soldier and explodes after crashing into its target – but the full range of its abilities remains undisclosed.

In this image taken from footage provided by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense press service, a Ukrainian soldier uses a US Javelin missile launcher during military exercises in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

In this image taken from footage provided by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense press service, a Ukrainian soldier uses a US Javelin missile launcher during military exercises in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
(Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, file)

GERMANY STOPS ARMS SHIPMENTS TO UKRAINE, WILL PROVIDE TRAINING AND MAINTENANCE INSTEAD

Several other allies such as the United Kingdom, Canada, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands have reinforced their support for Ukraine. But nations like Germany have been criticized for lackluster aid.

Germany tried to fend off criticism this week and claimed it had maximized its ability to send weapons to kyiv, alleging that the German armed forces said it “can no longer supply weapons from its own reserves.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany would send spare parts for its vehicles and defensive machinery to Ukraine and work with other countries to increase their defensive aid.

Scholz said the move was backed by NATO allies, including the United States, but on Friday Washington’s ambassador to OSEC scoffed at suggestions that anything but immediate help was adequate.

DONETSK, UKRAINE - MARCH 01: Pro-Russian separatists in uniforms without insignia gather at the separatist-controlled settlement of Mykolaivka (Nikolaevka) and Bugas in the Donetsk region (DPR) of Ukraine on March 01, 2022. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

DONETSK, UKRAINE – MARCH 01: Pro-Russian separatists in uniforms without insignia gather at the separatist-controlled settlement of Mykolaivka (Nikolaevka) and Bugas in the Donetsk region (DPR) of Ukraine on March 01, 2022. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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“Ukraine desperately needs modern weapons and ammunition to defend itself in this deadly new phase of the conflict. She needs those weapons and ammunition now, as soon as possible. No long-term negotiated contracts to buy weapons,” says Charpentier.

We must act quickly, together, to immediately equip Ukraine with the capabilities to protect its civilians from the horrors of this war – atrocities like those at Bucha, Hostomel and Borodianka,” he added.