Ukrainian officials stressed on Saturday the continued importance of foreign military aid as its forces grapple with shortages amid continued Russian aggression.
Speaking near the front lines, Mykolaiv Regional Governor Vitaliy Kim called for more support from US and European allies, VOA News reported. He also indicated that, at least in his region of Ukraine, the forces are short of ammunition.
“The Russian army is more powerful, it has a lot of artillery and ammunition. Right now it’s an artillery war…and we’re out of ammunition,” Kim said. “Help from Europe and America is very, very important.”
The Mykolaiv region is located in southern Ukraine and has a small coastline on the Black Sea. Most of the fighting still taking place in the country is concentrated in the Donbass region, far to the east, where separatist forces have tried to align the area with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has in the past justified the invasion of Ukraine, saying his goal was to help supposedly beleaguered Russian speakers in the Donbass.
Heavy weapons for the Ukrainian army
Ukrainian leaders continue to negotiate with their allies on future arms deliveries. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced on Saturday that he had held talks with his Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau, about the neighboring nation sending heavy weapons to the Ukrainian army. Rau also confirmed that the two men talked about a new round of sanctions against Russia.
The Russian military has recently suffered from potential ammunition shortages, although this may have actually resulted in greater damage to Ukraine. Global security sources, including the Pentagon, have reported that Russian forces lack precision weapons, leaving them to rely on unguided munitions, also known as “dumb bombs.”
By using these less sophisticated weapons, Russian forces are less able to perform precision strikes on military targets. This resulted in heavier and more extensive collateral damage in civilian areas, especially in the disputed Donbass region.
“The combined use of air strikes and artillery has been a key factor in Russia’s recent tactical successes in the region,” Britain’s Ministry of Defense wrote in a June 4 update on the war. in Ukraine. “The increased use of unguided munitions has led to widespread destruction of built-up areas in the Donbass and has almost certainly caused significant collateral damage and civilian casualties.”
Newsweek contacted the US Department of Defense for comment.