The Russian invaders have a tenfold advantage in artillery.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny called on the United States of America to provide Ukraine with more 155 mm artillery systems.
He announced this on Facebook following a conversation with the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.
Zaluzhny informed General Milli about the current operational situation, in particular, that the enemy was concentrating his main efforts in the north of the Lugansk region.
“He massively uses artillery and, unfortunately, has a tenfold fire advantage. But, in spite of everything, we continue to hold positions. Every meter of Ukrainian land there is watered with blood, not only ours, but also the occupier’s,” Zaluzhny stressed.
In addition, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that the situation is difficult, in particular, in the city of Severodonetsk.
“The enemy deployed up to 7 battalion tactical groups there. Despite heavy fire, we managed to stop the enemy,” Zaluzhny stressed.
As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted, having suffered setbacks in the Luhansk direction, the Russian occupation troops resumed shelling residential areas of Kharkov, which requires adequate actions from the Ukrainian forces.
According to him, the armed forces of the Russian Federation continue to fire artillery and mortars at units of the Ukrainian defense forces in the Chernihiv and Sumy regions. Ukrainian forces return fire.
“We have switched to counter-offensive operations in some areas. … As of today, the front is 2,450 km wide, of which 1,105 km are actively fighting. I once again repeated my request to General Milli – to help us get more artillery as soon as possible 155 mm caliber systems,” the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted.
Zaluzhny also shared with Milli the strategic goals of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Understanding the strategy of our armed struggle and conduct of operations will help ensure transparency of relations with partners, a clear and understandable quantitative and temporal framework for the international technical assistance that we ask for. … We exchanged views on the progress of the transfer and use of weapons already provided, drew analogies with Lend-Lease during World War II and discussed scenarios for the further development of the situation,” he said.
Separately, Zaluzhny said that he considers Milli “his mentor”, which he told him about and thanked for it.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine receives 155-mm M777 howitzers from the United States, Canada and Australia.