The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valery Zaluzhnyi, reported on Facebook about the conversation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces informed General Milley about the current operational situation. Among other things, Zaluzhnyi noted that in the north of the Luhansk region, the Russians have a tenfold fire advantage in artillery. That is why General Zaluzhnyi repeated to his American counterpart the main request: to help Ukraine get more 155-mm artillery systems as soon as possible.
“But despite everything, we continue to hold positions. Every meter of Ukrainian land there is covered in blood, but not only ours, but also the occupier’s,” said Zaluzhnyi.
The advantage of the Russians in artillery, unfortunately, is due not only to the greater number of large-caliber barrels, here the advantage of the Russian army over the Armed Forces of Ukraine is only twofold, the situation is worse with shells of Soviet caliber. This is exactly what the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov recently said on Facebook . Now the Armed Forces have more shells for 155-mm systems than it was on February 24, 2022 for 152-mm. Even worse, Soviet-caliber shells are almost gone in Eastern Europe, so it is difficult to replenish ammunition. That is why a larger number of 155-mm artillery systems is now vital for Ukraine.
Especially considering that, according to Zaluzhny: “As of today, we have a front width of 2450 km, of which 1105 km are active hostilities.” That is, with the 150 155-mm artillery systems available, which Reznikov spoke of, their density at the front was very low.
But, despite this, as General Zaluzhnyi stressed, in some areas the Armed Forces of Ukraine switched to counter-offensive actions.
In addition, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces told General Milley about the strategic goals of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: “Because understanding the strategy of combat and operations will help ensure transparency.”
Finally, the generals exchanged views on the transfer and use of weapons already provided, drew analogies with the World War II-era lend lease, and discussed scenarios for further developments.
We believe in the Armed Forces! We support Zaluzhnyi and our soldiers! Keep it up, General!