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Expert explains why Ukraine needs more weapons to defeat Russia

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The delay in the supply of weapons to Ukraine did not have a global impact on the counteroffensive. However, it did slow it down.

This is what a retired Major of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleksii Hetman shared in a comment to RBC-Ukraine.

According to him, it's worth mentioning the 1991 Desert Storm operation. The expert believes that Russia has now deployed approximately the same number of troops as Iraq did in Kuwait.

"The U.S. has provided us with a tank battalion, 31 units of Abrams, and 20 ATACMS missiles with a range of 165 km. It seems like all the questions should be answered by that. I am surprised by the statements of foreign journalists wondering why Ukraine is advancing slowly. We can advance faster, but we need roughly as much weaponry and personnel as the coalition against Saddam Hussein," the expert added.

However, not only delays in the weapons supply are causing Ukrainian problems. Valerii Zaluzhnyi says that the decisive advantage lies in technology, but his assessment is sobering: there is no sign that a technological breakthrough, whether in drones or in electronic warfare, is around the corner.

It's also important to remember that all technologies have limitations. Even during World War I, the appearance of tanks was not enough to get out of a deadlock on the battlefield. It required a set of technologies and over a decade of tactical innovations for Nazi Germany to carry out a European blitzkrieg in May 1940.

The article by Zaluzhnyi

An article by Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was published in The Economist yesterday.

The article notes that the war is entering a new phase, a "positional" war, characterized by grueling battles.

RBC-Ukraine analyzed Zaluzhnyi's main messages with military experts. Read more in the article "What is trench warfare and its risks for Ukraine: Analysis of Zaluzhnyi's article."