Ukrainian heavy artillery is outnumbered by about eight to one by Russian guns, putting Ukraine at a significant disadvantage, a spokesman for Ukraine’s International Legion said Monday. Damien Magrou, spokesman for the unit made up of foreign nationals, told a briefing in Kyiv that more weapons from Ukraine’s western partners were needed to close the gap.
“We are entering a phase of the war where our disadvantage compared to Russian forces in terms of heavy armament and artillery is strongly felt,” Magrou said. He went on to say that the US-provided M142 HIMARS multiple rocket launch systems were having an impact on the battlefield.
“We can already see the results,” he said. Magrou also expressed concern about the fate of international fighters held captive in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic that Russia supports in eastern Ukraine.
The self-proclaimed entity had previously sentenced to death three foreign nationals serving in other units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. “It is a great concern for us to see the instrumentalization of captives,” Magrou said.
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