Russia fires 70 missiles at Ukraine… and suffers from an ammunition shortage

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday said his country would restore infrastructure damaged by Russian airstrikes, praising his people’s morale.

“We will renew everything and overcome this because we are an indestructible people,” he said in a short video speech posted on the Telegram messaging app.

This came after the Ukrainian Air Force announced that Russia launched about 70 cruise missiles against Ukraine today, 51 of which were shot down. These air strikes caused widespread power outages.

The Ukrainian military explained on Telegram: “In total, about 70 Kh-101/Kh-555 + Kalibr + cruise missiles were fired. The Air Defense Forces destroyed 51 missiles. Five Lancet drones were also destroyed in the south of the country”.

Shortage of artillery ammunition

For his part, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed today that Russian forces are suffering from a “significant” shortage of artillery ammunition, which undermines their operations in Ukraine.

“The Russians have had logistical difficulties since the beginning” of the war in Ukraine, and “still have logistical difficulties,” Austin told reporters from inside a US military plane. “They suffer from a major shortage of artillery ammunition,” she added.

Kiev has targeted storage sites belonging to Moscow, which has caused the Russians “some difficulties in terms of the amount of ammunition they have,” according to Austin.

Austin stressed that Russian forces rely heavily on artillery, as they fire large numbers of shells before conducting ground maneuvers.

He continued: “This type of operation requires large amounts of ammunition. I’m not sure if they have enough ammunition to go on.”

Austin also noted that Russian supplies of precision-guided munitions had “declined in significantly” over the nine months of the conflict and stressed that Moscow would not be in able to replace them quickly given trade restrictions on items such as microchips.

In a related context, the White House announced today that the United States will send an additional $400 million in ammunition and generators to Ukraine and will withdraw equipment from their stocks to support Kiev as soon as possible as Russia continues to bomb Ukraine’s energy resources and winter sets in.

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