Russian forces are suffering from a “significant” shortage of artillery ammunition that is undermining their operations in Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Wednesday.
“The Russians struggled with logistics from the very beginning” of the war in Ukraine and “are still struggling with logistics,” Austin told reporters aboard a US warplane.
They are “experiencing significant shortages of artillery ammunition,” he said.
Kyiv was targeting storage facilities in Moscow, which caused “the Russians to start to struggle a bit with the amount of ammunition they have available.”
Russian forces rely heavily on artillery, firing large numbers of rounds before maneuvering on the ground, Austin said.
“For that kind of operation, a lot of ammunition is needed. I’m not sure they have that kind of ammunition to support it any further.
Austin also said that Russia’s supply of precision-guided munitions had been “significantly reduced” during the nine-month conflict and that Moscow would not be able to replace them quickly because of trade restrictions on items such as microchips.