The Russian army reduces daily shell deliveries to areas where there are no offensive operations
The General Staff of the Russian forces has decided to drastically reduce the daily distribution of artillery shells in the areas of the front where there are no offensive operations, so as to prepare for a counterattack Ukrainian, announces the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), citing Alexander Khodakovski, commander of the pro-Russian Vostok battalion and former member of the separatist administration of Donetsk Oblast.
“The large demand for shells indicates that Russian forces are still heavily dependent on artillery to compensate for their major shortcomings, including poor accuracy skills, insufficient ground assault capabilities and lack of readiness of the air force”, comments the ISW.
“Russian forces use heavy artillery to bombard settlements rather than expose planes and their pilots to Ukrainian air defenses, and to limit casualties before trying to advance with infantry. If Russia continues to lack artillery shells, it will no longer be able to compensate for its other weaknesses,” he adds.
According to the Washington Post, the Ukrainian army uses three times less shells than the Russian forces, in particular because it chooses its targets better, that its shots are more precise, but also that they are on the defensive in most areas of the forehead.