Amazing ammunition reserves and billions of support

Did you miss the latest events of the war in Ukraine? Don’t hesitate, 20 minutes will stock up for you every night at 7:30 p.m. Who is doing what? Who said what? where are we? The answer below:

News of the day

This Thursday (197th day of the war in Ukraine), Antony Blinken made the trip in secret, for this second visit to kyiv since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The American Secretary of State began by visiting a hospital that treats children who are victims of war, accompanied by his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kouleba, before a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

A few hours before the arrival of Anthony Blinken in Kyiv, the Secretary of State for Defense Lloyd Austin, who is at the Ramstein military base in Germany, participated in a meeting with representatives of more than 40 countries. During this summit dedicated to the challenges caused by the deliveries of weapons, which are important for Ukraine, Washington pledged about 2.8 billion dollars in additional support to kyiv and other countries in the region.

Of this amount, 675 million will go directly to kyiv in the form of deliveries of armaments, ammunition and Himars artillery systems that have already enabled kyiv to hit Russian supply lines far from the front line. For the remaining 2.2 billion, they will be paid as loans and subsidies to Ukraine and 18 other countries that feel threatened by Russia, for the purchase of American weapons. Among the eligible countries are Georgia and Moldova, the Baltic countries or even Bosnia.

The number of days

700. It is, in square kilometers, the territories taken on this Thursday by the Ukrainian forces in the regions of Kharkiv (North-East), the South and the Donbass (East). “Military units penetrated the enemy’s defenses at a depth of 50 km. During the active operations carried out in the direction of Kharkiv, more than 20 localities were liberated”, which was shown at a press conference Oleksiï Gromov, a senior official of the Ukrainian general staff.

sentence of the day

“The euro zone is at risk of a recession for the year 2023 if there is a general reduction in gas deliveries to Russia. »

These are the words of Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, expressed in a press conference on Thursday. A “pessimistic scenario” in the forecasts made by the monetary institution expects “a recession for 2023, he added. We are almost there. »

The trend of the day

Who will run out of equipment first? Here is the question that the experts have been asking themselves for some days. Between the Ukrainians who desperately need Western military aid and the Russians under sanctions who are firing on all cylinders, which side will be the first to kneel for lack of shells, bombs, missiles? The Pentagon claims that “Russia approached North Korea asking for ammunition.” For its part, the British Ministry of Defense says that the Russians seem to have fewer drones in recent days.

So the Western and Ukrainian governments insist that Russia suffers from serious logistical deficiencies, that the strikes, mainly thanks to Western armaments, have hurt it badly, and that it is using outdated armament because its stock will run out. “The rest of the Russians are mysterious. They have enough stock for their initial plan, but the truth is that the war will last longer than expected,” explained the French Pierre Grasser, fellow researcher at the Sirice laboratory. “The chances of Russian military fatigue are higher than the Ukrainian military fatigue”, estimated, for his part, the French expert Bruno Tertrais, deputy director of the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS).

However, on social networks, accounts specializing in the detection of weapons noted that Ukraine fired Pakistani or Iranian shells, for example. “Technically, Ukraine has enough to last until the beginning of winter. However, there are some questions about the ability of NATO to give forward, many Pierre Grasser. We are entering a period of instability which is balanced: the one who risks losing the war of attrition is the one who can launch the counter-offensive too much.

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