Posted BY: Gary Gindler
Almost a year has passed since the latest Russian aggression against Ukraine. Counting aggressions in 1917–1918 and 2014, it would be the Third Russo-Ukrainian war. From the outset, it was an unusual conflict. For example, this war, even if it is waged on land, resembles a war on the high seas. On the battlefield, everything is observable during the day and visible at night via infrared optical systems. There is nowhere to hide from drones and satellites.
However, the fundamental feature of the war is that nobody was ready for war — not Russia, Ukraine, or their allies. By the day of the invasion, the Russian army was embezzled, the Ukrainian army was disassembled and had not reassembled, and NATO armies were depleted.
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With artillery, for detail, the American industry currently produces about fifteen thousand 155-mm howitzer shells per month; typically, Ukraine uses five thousand shells daily. Thus, Ukraine uses a month’s worth of American shell production in three days. That is not sustainable. Overall, the present war demonstrated widespread ammunition shortages, exacerbated by the mostly peaceful post-WWII decades.