West Surges Ammunition Ahead of Ukraine’s All-Or-Nothing Offensive

Update on Russian military operations in Ukraine for March 23, 2023:

– Russian forces continue encircling the fortified cities of Bakhmut and now Avdeevka, two major points along Ukraine’s defense line in the Donbass;

– Ukraine is gearing up for its upcoming offensive, carrying out drone strikes on Crimea and reconnaissance by force along the line of contact in Zaporozhye;

– the stated goal of Ukraine according to Western reports is to cut the land-bridge between Crimea and the rest of Russia, though that would hardly isolate Crimea entirely;

– Ukraine would suffer immense losses, just as they did during the Kharkov /Kherson offensives last year, with the addition of many more Russian troops and extensive defensive works created months in advance;

– The US and EU are surging remaining stockpiles of artillery ammunition to Ukraine ahead of the offensive to sustain 2-4 months of intense fighting. Once depleted it will take years for the West to restore these stockpiles;

– Russian shell production appears to have exceeded Western output as early as 2014-2015 and has continuously increased since meaning Russia’s ability to regenerate combat power exceeds the West’s at this moment;

– Ukraine’s upcoming offensive should not be underestimated nor the prospects of a breakthrough, Russian forces have repeatedly demonstrated a preference for withdrawing over being encircled or suffering heavy casualties as part of its attrition strategy;


Financial Times – Ukraine asks EU for 250,000 artillery shells a month (March 4, 2023):

Financial Times – Explosives shortage threatens EU drive to arm Ukraine (March 20, 2023):

Reuters – EU seals plan to send a million artillery shells to Ukraine (March 20, 2023):

NYT – Artillery Is Breaking in Ukraine. It’s Becoming a Problem for the Pentagon. (November 25, 2022):

Alexander Mercouris – Russia Big Gains Bakhmut, UK MoD Alarmed Avdeevka; West Stakes All Kiev Offensive; Xi Jinping Moscow (March 21, 2023):
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The Telegraph – Putin is running out of time to win the ammunition war against the West (March 9, 2023):

Novya Gazeta – Barren Barrels (November 2022):

Ukrainian Armed Forces – Russia resumed production of 152-mm shells (November 2022):

Jamestown Foundation – Russia Struggles to Maintain Munition Stocks (Part One) (December 2022):

Jamestown Foundation – Russia Struggles to Maintain Munition Stocks (Part Two) (December 2022):

The Moscow Times – Russia Says Ramping Up Ammunition Production for Ukraine War (January 2023):

Defense News – Army acquisition chief would welcome tank ramp-up if Congress funds it (May 2022):

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