Source: Russia Matters.
Ukraine’s armed forces are outnumbered and outgunned. Its Western allies are unwilling to supply troops in large numbers and are running out of guns to supply. So it’s hard to see how the Ukrainians, however brave they may be, can keep up the fight.
Alex Vershinin, in an update of his earlier article for the UK’s Royal United Services Institute, explained:
The Ukrainians’ terrain-focused war of maneuver is constrained by two factors: limited artillery ammunition and equipment production, and coalition considerations.
Ukraine started the war with 1,800 artillery pieces of Soviet caliber. These allowed firing rates of 6,000 to 7,000 rounds a day against 40,000 to 50,000 Russian daily rounds. By now this artillery is mostly out of ammunition, and in its place Ukraine is using 350 Western caliber artillery pieces, many of which are destroyed or breaking down from overuse.
Meanwhile, Western nations are themselves…
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