This Week in the Russia-Ukraine War (Week 46 – December 30)

Ammunition production concerns are being raised on both sides of the conflict. Image – Pixabay/Republica

A snapshot of recent news from sources around the world on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

In the largest single attack of the war, Russia fired more than 120 missiles at targets throughout Ukraine, including in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Lviv and Zhytomyr. Earlier this month, Ukraine said Russia fired more than 70 missiles.

Europe is struggling to manufacture ammunition for Ukraine and to replenish its own stockpiles.   Supply chain issues, diminished production capacity, and a lack of skilled workers were cited as the key factors in the slowdown.

Lithuania’s defense minister is skeptical of a Pentagon assessment that Russia will run out of ammunition anytime soon. He cited Belarus’ support of Russia, which has so far included over 20,000 tons of munitions in 2022.

Atlas Dynamics plans to build a research and development factory in Ukraine.  The Latvian company will cooperate with Ukraine in the production of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).

Another Russian missile strike has targeted Kherson, a southern city in Ukraine.  Ukrainian officials say 33 missiles were fired at Kherson.

Ukrainian forces have hit the Engels-2 air base within the territory of the Russian Federation.  This air base is a staging area for strikes on Ukraine’s energy grid and other infrastructure.

Ukraine wants to develop its own UAVs.  Ukraine’s new UAVs may be used to defend against attacks by other UAVs, and perhaps other threats.

 

 

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