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Massive destruction of Russian arsenals

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The Ukrainian Army has launched a campaign of attacks against Russian military infrastructure in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Armed Forces must be given enormous credit for the defense they are making in the face of the Russian invasion.

Starting from the basis of a backward Army that was easily wiped off the map by Russian troops in 2014, it was not difficult to imagine that this new invasion of Ukrainian territory would result in a quick victory for Vladimir Putin. However, the tactical, operational and strategic decisions of the Ukrainians have allowed them not only to survive the Russian bear’s paw but to be disputing the war from face to face with results that are changing day by day and that so far can be described as a technical draw.

It has been more than two and a half months since the Russian high command decided to withdraw its troops from the offensive it was carrying out in most of the country, especially around the capital Kiev. Since then it has supposedly concentrated all its efforts on dominating the Donbas but the result could not be more disappointing because in all this time they have barely managed to advance about 15 km with an inordinate cost in terms of units, equipment and human lives.

A good part of this traffic jam in which the Russians are constantly trapped is due to the perfect interpretation of the Ukrainian generals of the evolution of the combats. If at first we saw how the Soviet columns were attacked with anti-tank weapons and artillery, now we have passed to a war of attrition in which those who have the lowest morale, in this case surely the Russians, have less possibilities of winning.

To all this we must add that in the almost four months of war that we have already been at war, Ukraine has received a huge amount of new material from NATO countries. Of all this material, self-propelled artillery pieces and medium-range rocket launchers should be highlighted.

Self-propelled artillery makes it possible to fire several shots and leave the position before being detected by the enemy’s counter-battery measures. This is not the case with towed artillery which takes quite a few minutes to set up and then dismount, allowing enemy artillery to detect the position and attack it immediately, known as counterbattery fire.

But the element that is most influencing the course of this war are rocket launchers and GPS-guided medium-range rockets that have a probable circular error of a few meters and a range between 50 and 100 km. This allows them to attack from far away from the front line and far from enemy counter-battery attacks on all command centers, warehouses, ammunition depots, workshops, training camps, airports, radars, etcetera.

In addition the few rocket launchers received that are operational, it seems there are only four HIMARS for now, are being used wisely. They are only used at night to avoid being detected by Russian drones and are dedicated to the destruction of infrastructures instead of attacking specific units, probably with information provided by the intelligence of Western countries. Every morning new videos appear showing the explosion of a munitions warehouse (they are the most spectacular, of course) that took place the night before.

This is going to end up making a notable dent in the combat capability of the Russian Army because it will have to withdraw supply centers up to 100 km or more from the front line and it is already known that logistics is not exactly the strong point of the Russians. Surely in the coming weeks we will see how the Russian artillery loses much of its crushing capacity because it will no longer be so easy for them to receive the huge amount of ammunition that these attacks require.

And although this is already daring too much with a prognosis, it is possible that in the medium term this punishment to the enemy logistics will end up being translated into strategic achievements, that is to say, in a defeat expulsion of the territories occupied by the Russian Army.

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    • From the news:

      The U.S. fear about how Russia could take the sending of these rockets was such that, in an unusual act, President Joe Biden himself wrote an editorial in The New York Times on Wednesday to try to explain the decision.

      In the article, the president assured that it was not his country’s intention to provoke a conflict with Russia, but to strengthen Kiev’s military capacity to facilitate a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

      “That is why I have decided that we will provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and ammunition that will enable them to strike key targets with greater precision on the battlefield in Ukraine,” he said.

      Biden added that the decision was made after the Ukrainian government gave assurances that it will not use the missiles to attack targets inside Russian territory.

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