Friday, May 12, 2023

Ukraine requires a counterattack arsenal worth more than $30 billion

 KYIV: Ukraine is getting ready for a counteroffensive with weapons worth well over $30 billion that it just got from its allies. This could bring Russia closer to ending the war or show that neither side has enough firepower to win.

Kyiv's troops will attempt to overrun Russian positions and retake occupied territory using that hardware, which has been delivered since December and costs more than any Nato member, with the exception of the United States, buys in a year. The issue is whether it is sufficient.

A sensational advancement like Ukraine's Kharkiv hostile last year could assist with carrying an early finish to an intrusion that is upset energy and grain markets, powering cost for many everyday items emergencies across the globe.

However, this time around, the crucial element of surprise might be more difficult to achieve in the face of a larger and better prepared Russian army. And in order for Ukraine to be successful, it will need to carry out a complicated so-called combined arms operation without the advantage of air superiority, for which only a few militaries worldwide possess the necessary training.

That implies organizing infantry, protective layer, battle architects and air safeguard to expand the effect of the in excess of 200 tanks, 300 infantry battling vehicles and different weapons Ukraine has gotten since December.

Expectations have been downplayed by Ukrainian commanders, who have repeatedly called for more weapons, such as air defenses and long-range missiles.

Mark Cancian, a former US Marine Colonel who now advises the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, stated, "No army ever believes it is well enough equipped to do what it is required to do." It's how militaries are made.

In a discourse going with downsized Triumph Day marches praising the finish of The Second Great War on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin promised again to win a "genuine conflict" he dishonestly said the West was pursuing on Russia. While his intrusion hasn't gone to design and a colder time of year hostile neglected to deliver wanted results, he is as yet encouraging triumph.

Military analysts say that Ukraine's next move will be determined by a wide range of factors, including training, intelligence, and whether it can continue to block Russia's superior air force.

If Ukraine is only able to make small gains, like what Russian forces managed to get around the eastern Donbass town of Bakhmut, it could result in another winter of deadlock and more pressure on Kyiv to give up on retaking seized territory in a cease-fire agreement.

Ukraine's allies are betting on a breakthrough, at least in public. I feel certain that they will have outcome in recapturing a greater amount of their domain," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the week before.

The specialized engineering equipment that allies have sent to clear land mines, bridge trenches, and demolish bunkers will absolutely be required to break through the layers of Russian defenses. The hundreds of trucks and transporters required to move heavy armor into place before Russia can respond are also included.

In February, Norway provided four bridge-laying tanks. As of May 3, the United States had agreed to send a $300 million arms package that included new artillery shells, howitzers, and mid-range, GPS-guided HIMARS rockets in addition to additional demolition munitions, trucks, trailers, and diagnostic equipment for repairs.

"Joined arms is the Equation 1 of military tasks," said Franz-Stefan Gady, a counseling senior individual at the London based Worldwide Organization for Key Investigations.

During World War I, commanders used a combination of creeping artillery barrages, air support, tanks, and infantry to break the deadlock in trench warfare, establishing the modern concept of combined arms.

After that, it was made even better during World War II, and by the time the Cold War was at its height, NATO militaries regularly held massive exercises involving both arms. That skill decayed after the Soviet danger vanished, notwithstanding, a reality clarified during Moscow's bombed attack on Kyiv toward the beginning of the conflict.

According to Gady, the United States of America is probably the only Western force currently equipped and trained to carry out combined arms operations of the magnitude required by Ukraine. Washington is giving both preparation and innovation to Ukrainian powers.

In light of this, a lesser-known item that the Pentagon describes as "equipment to integrate Western air defense launchers, missiles, and radars with Ukraine's air defense systems" has the potential to be useful. Something similar has been delivered by Germany.

Although the specific US system is unknown, it is likely to be significantly more advanced than Ukraine's Soviet-era model. This will enable it to connect the sensors and air defense systems it has been receiving from the US and Europe, target more quickly, and make better use of the dwindling stocks of surface-to-air missiles.

It could also assist Ukraine's aging combat jets in defending ground forces against Russia's much larger and more advanced air force, which can launch attacks from beyond Ukraine's air defenses' range.

According to Gustaf Gressel, an ex-Austrian Defense Ministry officer who is now senior policy fellow with the Brussels-based European Council on Foreign Relations, Russian jets "are starting to try out new weapons and increase the number of things they do, at a time when Ukrainian air defenses are starting to get into trouble." This is important because Russian jets played a relatively low key role for the majority of the war.

Concerns have been raised inside and outside Ukraine that imperative air safeguard frameworks - specifically the medium reach Soviet-period BUKs expected to safeguard ground powers — are running out of rockets. Additionally, modern aircraft and long-range surface-to-surface ATACMS missiles are being demanded by Ukrainian leaders, but Washington has yet to respond.

The question of whether the Russians have sufficient troops to maintain the defenses they constructed over the winter in occupied southern Ukraine remains unanswered. They will have to guess where the Ukrainians will attack if they don't, giving Kyiv a chance to catch them off guard and outflank them.

In the event that they do, Ukraine's powers might battle to get through as they did against layered safeguards in Kherson last year. A final retreat was only necessitated by a bloody struggle and disrupted supply lines across the enormous Dnipro River.

If Ukraine can break through the front line, the number of troops and equipment may become crucial, as reserves will be required to fill in any gaps.

Gressel stated that Ukraine has equipped three new brigades with premium Nato tanks, Bradleys, and other infantry fighting vehicles, with an estimated 700,000 soldiers in uniform. Six additional units with approximately 5,000 soldiers each are outfitted with equipment from the Soviet era that was given to Nato by former Warsaw Pact members to make up for losses from a year of fighting.

As a result of the donations, numerous European militaries are struggling to supply what is now the continent's largest conflict since World War II. In particular, European governments have promised to produce more ammunition; however, it is unclear whether this will be possible in time to meet the urgent requirements of a high-intensity artillery war.

He stated, "It's a lot, but especially there is a size difference between the Ukrainian and European armed forces." For the majority of European armies, Ukraine's numbers are very, very small.

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