Ukraine’s Zalozhny promotes drones as path to victory; Russia suffers blows News of the Russian-Ukrainian war
The Supreme Leader of Ukraine has drawn up a plan to widely expand the use of unmanned systems to overcome Russia’s advantages in manpower and materiel and break the stalemate in this war.
The effectiveness of such systems was demonstrated again last week when it sank a Russian warship, grounded three aircraft and set an oil refinery on fire.
Russia has also continued to attack Ukraine with drones and missiles, but has failed to seize new territory despite its superior resources and sustained attacks on the eastern city of Avdiivka and the Ukrainian stronghold of Kryinki on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region. .
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Western allies have made progress in securing financing for the war.
European Union It was finally approved The US Senate also unveiled an aid package worth 50 billion euros ($63 billion) for Ukraine, and the US Senate unveiled a bill worth $118 billion that includes $60 billion for Ukraine.
Zalozny drone doctrine
“Unmanned systems… are almost the only tool for withdrawal from military operations of a positional format,” Ukrainian Supreme Commander Valery Zalozny Conventional heavy armor and conventional manpower have become “increasingly a dream” for Ukraine’s armed forces, he wrote in a doctrinal paper on Thursday.
He called for “a completely new state system of technological rearmament” that could “take up to five months.”
Zalozny’s new military doctrine aligns with the government’s pledge late last year to build 1 million first-person-viewing drones and 11,000 medium- and long-range drones this year.
Ukraine has used such systems to devastating effect.
On January 31, Ukraine bombed Belbek Airport in western Crimea.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it intercepted 20 missiles launched from the air, but Russians in Crimea filmed some of the missiles flying undisturbed directly over inactive air defense systems.
The next day, Ukraine struck Belbek again, this time damaging or destroying three Russian fighter planes on the ground, according to southern forces spokeswoman Natalia Hominiuk.
One Russian military correspondent described it as a complex two-day operation that targeted three airfields and included decoy missiles, HARM radar missiles, Storm Shadow attack missiles, and drones.
Those drones sank a Russian warship near Lake Donuzlav off the western Crimean peninsula.
Footage released by the Ukrainian armed forces showed it repeatedly striking the 480-ton missile cruiser Ivanovets, crippling it and then destroying it in a pair of massive explosions. She was reportedly one of only three still operational in the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Ukrainian military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said his service’s drone unit, Group 13, sank Ivanovets using Magura V5 drones.
“There were six direct hits on the ship’s hull. The ship turned on its stern and sank,” he said.
Two days later, the Ukrainian security service struck the Rosneft refinery in Volgograd, one of the largest in Russia, apparently using two drones. Video footage showed the destruction of at least four burning oil tanks.
Budanov said he believes the number of attacks will increase.
“In theory, there is a plan by which all this happens. “I believe that this plan includes all the main critical infrastructure goals and military infrastructure goals of the Russian Federation,” Budanov said.
Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat noted that attacks on the Crimean Peninsula will continue to target airports.
“Russia uses not only Belbek. About five airfields are actively used to launch attacks on Ukraine. These are aircraft of different modifications: MiG-31,… MiG-29, Su-27 and helicopters.”
Ukraine has pursued other forms of asymmetric warfare.
Russian military intelligence said that a Russian Tupolev bomber, reportedly involved in raids on Ukraine, was shot dead in Russia.
Ukrainian hackers from the Prana network hacked into a Russian Defense Ministry server and stole documents revealing that Russia had agreed to pay Iran $1.75 billion for 6,000 Shahed drones.
Russia kept these drones flying inside Ukraine throughout the week, accompanied by missiles.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Dnipropetrovsk was one of Russia’s main targets in those attacks.
“The risk is continuous and high. Russia considers the region one of the main targets of terrorist attacks. It is our institutions, our economic potential and this region.”
Dnipropetrovsk is located in the heart of Ukrainian territory on the left bank of the Dnipro River and lies between the disputed territories of Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson.
Help from allies
As if to justify Zalozhny’s shift away from conventional weapons on the battlefield, European Union leaders stressed that they would not be able to supply Ukraine with a million artillery shells by March as promised.
Josep Borrell, European foreign policy chief, said 330,000 had been delivered, and the number would reach about 524,000 by March.
“By the end of the year, the planned deliveries will reach more than a million because the number is in the pipeline to reach 630,000,” Borrell said.
Some estimates indicate that the production capacity of Russian artillery shells ranges between 6 to 7 million shells annually. North Korea has reportedly delivered an additional 1 million missiles.
There was some good news for Ukraine on the financial front.
European leaders overcame Hungary’s objections by agreeing to 50 billion euros ($54 billion) in financial aid to Ukraine over the next four years. The first 4.5 billion euros ($4.85 billion) were scheduled to arrive in Ukraine in March as part of a total of 18 billion euros ($19 billion) for Kiev this year. This left the European Union with 20 billion euros ($21.5 billion) in military aid that has yet to be approved.
US senators on Sunday released a $118 billion national security bill for debate, including $60 billion for Ukraine this year.
US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, requested this amount late last year, but Republicans in Congress have tied any aid to Ukraine to strengthening security on the border with Mexico.
Months of bipartisan negotiations resulted in sweeping reforms to asylum procedures, presidential parole for immigrants, and funding for border security.
“All indications now are that this bill will not even come to the Senate floor,” Biden said on Tuesday, blaming Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“I’m told he’s done nothing but reach out to Republicans in the House and Senate and threaten and intimidate them into voting against this proposal. It looks like they’re giving up, but they owe it to the American people to show some strength,” Biden said at a White House news conference.
Despite leading Ukraine’s armed forces to some stunning successes, there has been speculation that Zalozny is set to be replaced after Zelensky hinted at major changes in an interview broadcast on Sunday evening.
“A reset, a new beginning is necessary,” Zelensky told Italian state television Rai News.
“If we want to win, we all have to go in the same direction, convinced of victory. We cannot be discouraged, let our arms drop. … That’s why I’m talking about restarting and replacing. I have something serious on my mind, and it’s not about one person,” Zelensky said. “It is about the direction of the country’s leadership.”
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