Photos: Ukraine says Russia has 10-15 times more artillery

The war in Ukraine becomes a war based on artillery attacks. And Ukraine says that even despite massive arms shipments from the West, it needs more artillery weapons to keep Russia at bay. Ukraine is warning Western countries that its survival depends on more arms deliveries, saying it is currently overtaken by Russia in an artillery game.

Vadym Skibitsky, deputy head of Ukrainian military intelligence, told the Guardian in a recent interview that fighting Russia is “an artillery war now”, but warned that his side was losing “in terms of artillery”.

“Ukraine has one artillery piece against 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces. Our Western partners gave us about 10% of what they had,” Skibitsky said, adding that Ukraine uses thousands of rounds every day and its success depends on more arms deliveries from the West.

During a meeting with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said a “key priority” is “getting heavy weapons quickly”.

He added: “It is important to defeat the Russian aggressor, to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

Ukraine has previously and consistently urged Western countries must provide it with longer-range weapons to protect against heavy Russian artillery in the eastern Donbass region – the main theater of the 15-week conflict that has left thousands dead and millions displaced.

Russia is steadily advancing amid heavy fighting in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. The fighting is particularly fierce in Severodonetsk, a city in the Luhansk region (part of Donbass) seen as crucial to Russian strategy in the east. Zelenskyy warned that the battle for Severodonetsk could decide the fate of Donbass.

Mykhailo Podolyak, senior adviser to Zelenskyy, on Thursday told the BBC that Ukraine was losing 100 to 200 soldiers a day amid the fighting. “Russian forces have launched just about everything non-nuclear onto the front line, including heavy artillery, multiple rocket launch systems and aviation,” Podolyak said, adding, “Our demands artillery are not just a kind of whim… but a necessary objective regarding the situation on the battlefield.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Lugansk region, in a Telegram article on Thursday said that if Ukraine is able to get Western long-range weapons quickly, it will help “clean up Severodonetsk in two or three days”.

Earlier this week, the UK announced that it would send “advanced” guided rocket systems and ammunition to Ukraine to provide the country’s forces with a “significant increase in capacity” – a move that came after US President Joe Biden announced that it would send advanced rocket systems.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, has warned the West against sending more weapons to Kyiv – claiming it would only “prolong” the war while threatening to retaliate by striking new targets in Ukraine.

MLRS Combat Shooting Training, Republic of Korea Army The 5th Artillery Brigade.

Ukraine

Ukrainian army firing artillery. Image credit: Creative Commons.

HIMARS

Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps, Tango Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division fire a Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOR) rocket from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket (HIMARS) launcher System) at Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 1, 2007. The HIMARS system consists of a launcher, two resupply vehicles, two resupply trailers and a base load of nine pods (six rockets per pod ) of MFOR rockets. (US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Seth Maggard) (Released)

M777

U.S. soldiers assigned to Attack Battery, 2-12th Field Artillery Battalion, Task Force Rock, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conduct registration and calibration of the M777 A2 Howitzer weapon system in Syria on September 30, 2021. These drills allow gun sections to deliver rapid and accurate fire in support of TF Rock and their fight to defeat Daesh in designated areas of Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Isaiah Scott). These are similar to M777 parts serving in Ukraine.

M77 Artillery

US military artillery M777. Ukraine now has a similar system.

Russia

Russian servicemen fire an artillery piece during drills ahead of Victory Day celebrations from a distance in Rostov region, Russia April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov

M777A2 howitzer

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2-11 Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division conduct artillery training on Warrior Base, New Mexico Range, Demilitarized Zone, Republic of Korea, March 15, 2015. The training was a part of the joint training exercise Foal Eagle 2015 between the armies of the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK). (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Hitchcock/Released)

M777 Artillery

Soldiers serving with Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Division, fire a range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. The round was part of a shoot to save, or zero, howitzers, which had just arrived on KAF from from Forward Operating Base Pasab. The shoot also provided training for a fire support team from the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th IBCT, 4th Inf. Div.

On Friday, the Ukrainian military intelligence directorate in a telegram station said he believed Russia could “continue the war at its present pace for another year”.

Jake Epstein is a junior Breaking News reporter at the Boston-based Speed ​​Desk.

John Haltiwanger is senior political reporter at Business Insider.

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