In Five Years, Russian Agents Blew Up 210,000 Tons Of Ukrainian Ammo — And Nearly Silenced Kyiv’s Artillery

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By 2022 “ammunition had been depleted by regular explosions at Ukrainian arsenals as a result of Russian sabotage,” analysts Mykhaylo Zabrodskyi, Jack Watling, Oleksandr Danylyuk and Nick Reynolds explained in a new study for the Royal United Services Institute in London. “From 2014 to 2018, there were six such explosions, which destroyed more than 210,000 tons of ammunition, a large part of which were 152-mm shells and rockets for [multiple-launch rocket systems],” Zabrodskyi, Watling, Danylyuk and Reynolds wrote. “For comparison, during the five years of the war in Donbas, the [Ukrainian armed forces] spent about 70,000 tons of ammunition in total.”

Read the Special Report: Preliminary Lessons in Conventional Warfighting from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: February–July 2022 - by Mykhaylo Zabrodskyi, Dr Jack Watling, Oleksandr V Danylyuk and Nick Reynolds - 30 November 2022