Russia Called for Missile Production to Double After Reports of “Logistics Problems” in Ukraine

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. (PHOTO: REUTERS) (SPUTNIK/)

Russia’s defense chief on Tuesday demanded a state company to double its production of missiles in the face of a possible Ukrainian counteroffensive, at a time when both sides are registering, according to press reports, a shortage of ammunition.

The Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigusaid during a meeting with the main military commanders of the country that the Tactical Missile Corporation state-owned has been fulfilling its contracts in a timely manner.

However, Shoigu added that “At this precise moment it is necessary to double the production of high-precision weapons in the shortest possible time.”

Analysts are trying to find out if Russia is running low on its stockpiles of high-precision munitions as missile barrages have become less frequent and on a smaller scale.

The UK Ministry of Defense noted in an assessment on Tuesday that “logistical problems persist in Russia’s troubled campaign in Ukraine.” And he pointed out that “Russia does not have enough ammunition to achieve victory against the offensive.”

A Ukrainian soldier on a Russian artillery vehicle marked with the symbol
A Ukrainian soldier rides a Russian artillery vehicle marked with the “Z” symbol, which Ukraine captured during fighting outside Kharkiv. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Thomas Peter) (THOMAS PETER/)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskovnoted Tuesday that Washington’s most recent calculations of Russia’s losses in Ukraine were “pulled out of thin air.”

The White House said on Monday it now estimated the casualties suffered by Russia since December alone at 100,000, including more than 20,000 dead, after Ukraine repulsed a heavy assault by Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the US estimate was based on new declassified US intelligence information. Kirby declined to explain how the intelligence community determined the figure.

“Washington never gives correct numbers. It lacks that data,” Peskov said.

File image of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov (Reuters)
Archive image of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov (Reuters) (Sputnik /)

Hours later on Tuesday, the Ukrainian military reported that Russian forces launched 30 air raids as well as three attacks with missiles and eight with multiple rocket launchers, causing casualties among the civilian population and damage to civilian infrastructure.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian armed forces said that Russia continued to focus its efforts on offensive operations in the industrial east of Ukraine, for which it has concentrated attacks in and around Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka province in Ukraine. Donetsk from the country.

The prosecutor’s office in the province of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, reported that artillery fire left three dead and five wounded in the regional capital of the same name and in various villages.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Monday that the “crucial aspects” for the success of the assault were “the availability of weapons, preparation, trained elements, our defenders and the defenders who know their plan at their level, and also provide everything necessary for this offensive: howitzers, ammunition, fuel, protection, etc.


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