WSJ: The search for spare parts for NATO weapons has turned into a nightmare for the AFU

10:40 03.05.2024 •


The countries of the North Atlantic Alliance have supplied Ukraine with most of the 200 different weapons systems, while the selection of spare parts for them has turned out to be a nightmare for the Ukrainian army, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.

The WSJ pointed out that the “hodgepodge” of NATO supplies “has turned into a nightmare for Ukraine”, whose soldiers have had to find spare parts for many of the 200 different weapons systems.

The newspaper cited the situation with the most common NATO artillery shells of 155 mm calibre as an example.

Admiral Robert Bauer, chairman of the alliance’s Military Committee, explained to the WSJ that 14 different variants of such ammunition are produced.

Some shells, he said, do not fit certain launchers, while others may fit, but they are not recognised by the system software.

We shall remind you that earlier the columnist of the US magazine National Interest Peter Suchiu said that the successful liquidation of M1 Abrams tanks on the territory of Ukraine proved that they were no better than other combat vehicles.

Although President Joe Biden signed legislation allowing long-awaited foreign aid to Kyiv, it didn't come in time to prevent Russia from seizing several villages in eastern Ukraine over the past week.

Ukrainian troops have pulled back from several of the villages captured by Russia's army in the eastern Donetsk region in recent days, ‘The Wall Street Journal’ reported, as Russia continues to exploit its advantage in soldiers and munitions.

Ukraine's vulnerability after months of delays in the arrival aid from the U.S. and Western allies, and its inability to mobilize more men to restock front-line forces, was evident in recent losses west of Avdiivka, a strategic city captured by Russian troops in February.

"The situation at the front worsened," Ukraine's commander in chief, Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskiy said, according to the Journal. "[The enemy is] actively attacking along the entire front line with tactical success in some areas."

Russia is making incremental gains toward its goal of taking all of Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland in the Donbas region, even though it hasn't been able to stage a large-scale breakthrough to precipitate significant advances.

The cities of Chasiv Yar and Pokrovsk to the north are key targets that would allow Russia to threaten Ukraine's main defensive line in the Donbas, Vienna-based defense analyst Franz-Stefan Gady told the Journal.

Ukraine has struggled to stabilize the front line since Russian forces seized the heavily fortified city of Avdiivka — a loss U.S. officials and troops on the ground attributed directly to delays in aid.

"In military parlance, we are in the middle of a so-called shaping phase of an offensive," Gady said. "The main aim of these Russian attacks is to slowly grind down Ukrainian defenses along the front line to enable Russian ground forces to maneuver and capture tactically and operationally important military objectives."


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