Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on Tuesday named “four enemies” of Russia’s missile arsenal, as he suggested the country’s missile stockpile was dwindling.
“Four Enemies of Russia’s Missile Arsenal: Brilliant Ukrainian Air Defense Forces; Incompetent Russian Missile Forces; Sanctions; Time”, Reznikov tweetedsharing an illustration showing Russia’s high-precision missile arsenal as of November 18.
“Let’s demilitarize the terrorist state to live in peace!” wrote the Minister of Defense.
According to Russia’s land, sea and air-launched missile illustration, as of November 18, the country still had 8,476 missiles out of the 11,227 it had during its first invasion of Ukraine on November 18. February 24.
The 8,476 include 664 additional missiles that were produced throughout the war, according to the illustration, which is based on Ukraine’s assessments.
Last month, Reznikov hinted that Russia’s missile arsenal was shrinking.
“Demilitarization of Russia,” Reznikov wrote. “By using hundreds of high-precision missiles against Ukrainian civilian objects, the aggressor state reduces its ability to hit military targets.”
He added: “Two conclusions: – Russia’s military defeat is inevitable; – Russia is a terrorist state.”
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate separately released a report on November 7 stating that Russia had only 120 of its modern missiles left in his arsenal.
The report states that Russia has used around 80% of its modern missiles and now only has 120 Iskander missiles left.
British defense officials have also pointed out that Russia is faced with equipment problems. The British Ministry of Defense said on November 3 that by mid-October Russian forces were losing more than 40 armored vehicles a day, roughly equivalent to a battalion’s equipment.
Russia has been forced in recent weeks to turn to Belarusian stockpiles to acquire at least 100 additional tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged in October that Russia was facing problems with equipment for its soldiers conscripted following the president Vladimir Poutinethe partial mobilization order which defense officials said would affect up to 300,000 reservists. He said that a advice created by Putin was working to try “to rectify the situation”.
Meanwhile, Ukraine received military assistance from the West to fight against Russian forces. The Washington-provided High mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) were widely credited with turning the tide of the war.
Three US officials said CNN November 17 that there are fears that US stocks may not be able to meet Ukrainian demands as winter approaches.
Newsweek contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.