Vladimir Putin is facing a “critical weakness” as weapons production has fallen and NATO has also warned of an ammunition shortage in Ukraine.
NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to thrash out strategies to provide further military assistance to Ukraine.
NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has instructed alliance member states to increase shipments to Kyiv to counter the Russian aggression.
Stoltenberg said, “This has become a grinding war of attrition and therefore it’s also a battle of logistics.
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“This is a huge effort by allies to actually be able to get in the ammunition, the fuel, the spare parts, which are needed.”
The British MoD) Ministry of Defence said in their latest bulletin, “Senior Russian leaders are likely aware that the state’s military industrial output is becoming a critical weakness, exacerbated by the strategic and operational miscalculation of invading Ukraine.
“Production is almost certainly falling short of the Russian MoD’s demands to resource the Ukraine campaign and restore its longer-term defence requirements.”
Western analysts are concerned that there is a large build up of Russian aircraft creating fears of a new “aerial attack on Ukraine.”
Large amounts of bombers, fighter jets and attack helicopters are potentially preparing for a large scale “aerial attack” in the Donbas, Ukraine.
Putin is also using vast amounts of convicts as “cannon fodder” to try and make some gains and the Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is struggling to capture the eastern city of Bakhmut.
Prigozhin own strategy is an “indicator that the Kremlin seeks to exploit convicts for future human wave attacks.”
The Wagner mercenary chief said the situation on the ground is a “meat grinder” and admitted they will take Bakhmut “tomorrow because there is heavy resistance and grinding,” adding “We will not be celebrating in the near future.”
On Tuesday the British MoD said that Moscow has “not massed sufficient offensive combat power” on any one axis to “achieve a decisive effect” and Putin’s forces have been commanded to advance in “most sectors,” however they are struggling to achieve any major breakthroughs on the Ukrainian front lines.