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Ukraine War Update, Day 108: Ukraine is now an artillery war

Ukraine War Update: On day 108 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military is still seeking a breakthrough in the Donbass, more than a month after Moscow launched its new offensive in eastern Ukraine.

Fighting in the Donbass

Most of the fighting is still concentrated in and around Severodonetsk as both sides try to prevail in the key Ukrainian city.

In its daily war estimate, the British Ministry of Defense focused on the fighting in Severodonetsk but also on Russian shortages of advanced precision-guided munitions and how Moscow is trying to compensate for this.

“As of June 10, Russian forces around Sieverodonetsk had not advanced south of the city. Intense street-to-street fighting continues and both sides are likely to suffer a large number of casualties. Russia is stepping up the fires with its artillery and air capabilities, aiming to overwhelm Ukrainian defences,” British Military Intelligence said. rated.

“Since April, Russian medium bombers have likely launched dozens of 1960s-era Kh-22 (NATO designation, AS-4 KITCHEN) heavy air-launched anti-ship missiles against ground targets. These 5.5-ton missiles were primarily designed to destroy aircraft carriers using a nuclear warhead. When employed in a ground attack role with a conventional warhead, they are highly inaccurate and therefore can cause significant collateral damage and civilian casualties. Russia probably resorts to such ineffective weapon systems because it lacks more accurate modern missiles, while Ukrainian air defenses still deter its tactical aircraft from carrying out strikes across much of the country,” the official said. UK Ministry of Defence.

Ukraine – We need more weapons

Over the past few days, Ukrainian officials have repeatedly made public demands for more arms and ammunition. The fighting in the Donbass at the moment is mainly long-range fires. Artillery is the king of battle, and it reigns supreme over the fields and rivers of Donbass. The Russian army enjoys a literally devastating long-range fire advantage, which in some areas eclipses Ukrainian capabilities by 20 to 1 in artillery and 40 to 1 in ammunition. In short, Russian forces can fire more weapons for longer periods.

“Deputy head of the Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), Vadym Skibitsky, said that Russian troops have 10-15 artillery pieces for every Ukrainian artillery piece, and Ukrainian forces have almost completely exhausted their ammunition Given the current prevalence of protracted positional battles, especially in the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk region, Ukrainian forces are in urgent need of new supplies of artillery systems.As Ukrainian forces use the latest From their stockpiles of Soviet-era weapon and ammunition systems, they will need continued Western support to transition to new supply chains of key ammunition and artillery systems. increasingly decisive in the largely static fighting in eastern Ukraine,” the Institute for the Study of War said.

Russian losses in Ukraine keep mounting

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claims that on Saturday Ukrainian forces killed an estimated 32,050 Russian troops (and wounded about three times that number), destroyed 212 fighter, attack and transport aircraft, 178 attack and transport helicopters, 1,419 tanks, 711 artillery pieces, 3,466 armored personnel carriers, 213 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), 13 boats and cutters, 2,448 vehicles and fuel tanks, 96 anti-aircraft batteries, 579 tactical unmanned aerial systems , 53 platforms of special equipment, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 125 cruise missiles shot down by Ukrainian air defenses.

[1945’sNewColumnofDefenseandNationalSecurity[1945’sNouveauchroniqueurdedéfenseetdesécuriténationaleStavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (National Service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ) and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. His work has been featured in Business Intern, Sandpitand SOFREP.