The United States believes that Russia will target routes used for arms deliveries, according to a defense official, in an effort to slow down the supply of American and partner weapons to Ukraine.
Russian forces have not frequently struck moving targets such as convoys or rail deliveries, but they may try to destroy bridges, roads and rails used to transport weapons and supplies into the country, the official said. responsible.
Even if the Russians succeeded in hitting these routes, the official said, they would be unable to stop the shipments in their entirety. There are simply too many expeditions.
Weapons in Ukraine: The United States and partner nations have shipped nearly 70,000 anti-tank and anti-armour weapons to Ukraine, including javelins, NLAWs, RPGs and more, the official said. The shipments also included nearly 30,000 anti-aircraft missiles, such as Stingers, and some 7,000 launchers for these weapons.
Earlier this month Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee that some 60,000 anti-tank weapons and 25,000 anti-aircraft weapons had been sent to the country. Since then, the United States has authorized hundreds of millions of additional dollars in military assistance.
Slow down the Russian invasion: Both the United States and NATO felt that Ukrainian forces used these systems very effectively to slow down and, in some places, thwart the Russian invasion. Part of that success comes from Ukraine’s adaptation of decentralized command and control that allows junior commanders to make important battlefield decisions without higher authority, the official said.
Russia retains a certain advantage: The official also noted that Ukraine has had years to prepare for the Russian offensive in southeastern Ukraine, as the Donbass region has seen regular fighting between Ukrainian forces and proxies backed by Russia.
Ukraine prepared trenches, anti-armour ambushes and more ahead of this impending fight, the official said, but cautioned that Russia still retains the advantage in military technology and overall military power. Instead of spreading that power over much of Ukraine, it is now concentrated in the south and east for what could be a massive assault.