Ukraine will use more than $30 billion worth of weapons during the upcoming counteroffensive. This is more than any NATO member country other than the United States spends on weapons in a year. However, it remains to be seen whether this will be enough.
This is reported by Bloomberg.
In order to succeed, Ukraine will need to conduct a complex so-called combined arms operation without an air advantage. It is noted that few militaries in the world have the necessary training for this.
This means coordinating infantry, armored vehicles, sappers and air defense to maximize the impact of the more than 200 tanks, 300 infantry fighting vehicles and other weapons that Ukraine has received since December.
At the same time, Ukrainian commanders downplayed expectations and repeatedly called for more weapons, including air defense and long-range missiles.
Military analysts believe that the success of the AFU will depend on factors that go beyond armaments and include training, intelligence and the ability to counter Russian aviation, which is superior to Ukrainian aviation.
It is also noted that if Ukraine succeeds in achieving only marginal gains, it could lead to another stalemate and increased pressure on Kyiv to refuse to return captured territory as part of a cease-fire agreement.
As a reminder, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine needs a little more time to launch a counteroffensive, as the military still needs the assistance promised by partners.
Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 11/05/2023