Ukraine has lost up to 50% of its heavy-weapons stock, including 400 tanks, the country’s land forces command logistics commander, Volodymyr Karpenko, revealed earlier this week amid the ongoing Russian military offensive in his country.
In an interview with National Defense Magazine, Karpenko said that “as a result of active combat,” equipment losses have amounted to 30-40%, sometimes up to 50%.
Ukraine’s deputy minister of defense Denys Sharapov in the same interview revealed that Western supplies do not cover Ukraine’s needs.
“We have received a large number of weapon systems, but unfortunately with such a massively expendable resource, it only covers 10 to 15 percent of our needs,” Sharapov said.
He did not disclose the exact number of heavy weapons Kiev needs but stressed that the “need for heavy artillery systems is measured by hundreds.”
“We need artillery, we need artillery rounds, infantry fighting vehicles, combat vehicles, tanks. We really need air-defense systems and the multiple-launch rocket system,” he said.
Supply of high-precision weapon systems would also be important, Sharapov added, as the Ukrainian military believes that such systems would give it “an edge over the enemy, the upper hand in this war.”