Moscow fights to increase the production of weapons of war in Ukraine

kyiv – O Russian President, Vladimir Poutinefaced with military production delays and mounting losses, urged his government on Tuesday to cut red tape to produce enough weapons and supplies to feed the war in ukrainewhere a Western-armed Ukrainian counter-offensive pushed the forces back.

In other developments in the conflict, Ukrainian authorities have asked foreign citizens not to return home in an attempt to save energy infrastructure, which has been targeted by Russian attacks. Western countries have thought about how to rebuild Ukraine after the war is over.

Russian military losses during the eight-month war were so severe that Putin had to create a framework to try to resolve them. On Tuesday, he chaired a new committee created to speed up the production and delivery of weapons and supplies to Russian troops, stressing the need “to pick up the pace in all areas”.

A Ukrainian National Guard soldier poses for photos in the wrecked armored vehicle at a location in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, where Russian troops were recently expelled.
A Ukrainian National Guard soldier poses for photos in the wrecked armored vehicle at a location in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, where Russian troops were recently expelled. Photo: Sergiy Kozlov/EFE – 25/10/2022

Russian reports have acknowledged that many of those written under the Mobilization of 300,000 reservists ordered by Putin they did not receive basic equipment, such as medical kits and bulletproof vests, and had to provide their own equipment.

Other reports suggest that Russian troops are increasingly being forced to use old and sometimes unreliable equipment and that some of the newly deployed soldiers are being rushed to the front lines with little training. Last week, Putin tried to show that all was well by visiting a training site in Russia, where he was shown well-equipped soldiers.

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To replace increasingly rare Russian-made long-range precision weapons, the Ministry of Defense UK said Moscow would likely use large numbers of drones to try to penetrate Ukrainian air defenses. “Russia’s artillery ammunition is running out,” said a British report released on Tuesday.

The Institute for the Study of Warfare in Washington added that “the slower pace of Russian airstrikes, missiles and drones may reflect dwindling missile and drone stockpiles and limited attack effectiveness.” to achieve Russian strategic military objectives”.

The Russian army still managed to inflict heavy damage and casualties, destroying houses, public buildings and the Ukrainian power grid. The World Bank estimates the damage done to Ukraine so far at 350 billion euros.

Recent Russian attacks have focused on Ukraine’s energy facilities, particularly electricity generation and transmission. Electricity shortages are so serious that Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk on Tuesday asked citizens living abroad not to return this winter (northern hemisphere) to avoid further straining energy supplies.

“We have to survive the winter, but unfortunately the (electrical) networks will not survive,” Vereshchuk told Ukrainian television. “We understand that the situation will only get worse and this winter we have to survive.”

In Berlin, the leaders of the European Union brought together experts to work on a “new Marshall Plan” for Ukraine’s reconstruction – a reference to the US-sponsored plan that helped revive Western European economies after the war. 2nd war.

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The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholzsaid the purpose of the meeting was to address “how to secure and sustain funding for Ukraine’s recovery, reconstruction and modernization in the years and decades to come”.

Scholz, who co-organized the meeting with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyensaid he sought “nothing less than to create a new Marshall Plan for the 21st century – a generational task that must begin now”.

No diplomatic front, or German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Kyivafter meeting the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr ZelenskyTuesday that his country will continue to side with Ukraine in this war and support its people as long as necessary – by helping to rebuild the destroyed country and by sending more weapons.

“Reconstruction does not wait for the end of the war. It must start now,” said the German president, adding that “not only is Germany helping with reconstruction, but we are also helping Ukraine avoid brutal destruction, to ensure that the population is protected in the best possible way. possible”.

He promised that Germany would help rebuild destroyed cities immediately and send two more MARS medium artillery missile systems and four Type 2000 self-propelled howitzers.

A destroyed gas station and car wash after the Russian attack on the city of Dnieper
A destroyed gas station and car wash after the Russian attack on the city of Dnieper Photo: Mykola Synelnykov/Reuters – 26/10/2022

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On the front, Russian missiles set fire to a gas station in the central-southern town of Dinieper on Tuesday, killing a pregnant woman in her car and the operator of a car wash there, and injuring the minus three. , according to information from Ukrainian news agencies.

In the southern city of Mikolaiv, residents lined up on Tuesday for water and essential supplies as Ukrainian forces advanced towards the nearby Russian-occupied city of Kherson.

One of Moscow’s allies on Tuesday urged Russia to step up the pace and scale of Ukraine’s destruction. Ramzan Kadirov, the Chechnya regional leader who has sent troops to fight in Ukraine, has urged Moscow to wipe the cities off the map in retaliation for Ukrainian bombing of Russian territory.

Officials in Russia’s Kursk and Belgorod regions, which border Ukraine, have repeatedly reported Ukrainian shelling that damaged infrastructure and residential buildings.

A destroyed Russian T-72 tank is seen in the Mikolaiv combat area
A destroyed Russian T-72 tank is seen in the Mikolaiv combat area

“Our response was very weak,” Kadirov said on his messaging app channel. “If a projectile enters our region, entire cities must be wiped off the face of the earth so they never think they can fire in our direction.”

kyiv wants to step up the fight but says it needs more war material. “We need more weapons, we need more ammunition to win this war,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmihal told reporters in Berlin. “We need tanks from our partners, from all of our partners; we need heavy armored vehicles, we need additional artillery units, howitzers./AP

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