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Ukrainian veteran questions whether Western support can offset enormous Russian artillery barrages

120 mm mine jointly produced by Ukroboronprom and a NATO member state
120 mm mine jointly produced by Ukroboronprom and a NATO member state

A veteran of the Russo-Ukrainian war, reserve major Oleksiy Hetman commented on a comment from the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War about the lack of ammunition, which may force Ukraine to prioritize territories for defense during a Radio NV broadcast on Feb. 3.

“Instead of the million [rounds of ammunition] that was offered, and it was already agreed, we were promised only a little more than half – 524,000, and the rest will be delivered later,” Hetman said.

“We shouldn't count the number of shells in total or be happy that it's a big number-a million, half a million. We should simply calculate how many shots it will be per day, compared to the number of shots fired by the Russian Federation. 500,000 is a little over a thousand shots per day, and we need at least 7,000 or 8,000.”

Hetman said that Ukraine is receiving up to 10 times fewer shells than can be fired by Russia, which currently produces 1.5 million shells on its own.

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“There is speculation that it could increase this number to 2 million a year, and that it could get about 1 million shells from North Korea,” he noted.

“You see, this is an odd situation.”

North Korea alone can produce 1 million shells a year, while European countries, the United States, and Ukraine together are not yet able to produce even one million.

“It seems to me that our partners, our allies in this war, need to think about what to do, and how to get out of this situation,” he continued.

“We can do what our friends the Czechs suggest, which is to buy shells not only within the NATO bloc or the European Union but to enter all world markets and look for these shells wherever possible. We will see.”

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But a solution must be found.

“Because in this form, we will not be able to defend some settlements, we will have to withdraw and lose territory,” Hetman warned.

According to Hetman argues that the question of artillery shells is now even more important than anti-aircraft weapons.

“We have done so much, we have sacrificed so many lives – and now NATO does not have enough shells, and we will have to retreat. We were counting on something, we were promised something. It's not like it's our whim, we want it – give it to us. No, we were promised this, told that this was at least the minimum, and then there would be more. It turned out that there is no minimum, and the future is not entirely clear.”

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