Russia is adopting a “medieval approach of attrition” in Ukraine as Ukrainian forces are facing heavy casualties, according to a former US general.
Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges told the Associated Press in an interview published Saturday that losses in Ukraine would continue until the country receives additional weapons from the West.
“This battlefield is so much deadlier than what we’ve all become accustomed to in 20 years of Iraq and Afghanistan where we didn’t have numbers like this,” Hodges, who formerly commanded US Army forces in Europe, told the news agency. “This level of attrition would include leaders and sergeants.”
“They are the brunt of the victims because they are more exposed and they are constantly moving to do things,” he added.
In recent weeks, Russia has focused its offensive on Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region after being defeated north of Kyiv, the country’s capital.
In an interview with Newsmax earlier this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the “most difficult situation” of the war was “in eastern Ukraine and southern Donetsk and Luhansk.”
“The situation is very difficult; we lose 60 to 100 soldiers a day as dead and about 500 people as wounded. So we keep our defense limits,” he explained.
General Viktor Mushenko, who was previously the chief of staff of Ukraine’s armed forces, told the AP the war between Russia and Ukraine was “the most significant conflict in Europe since World War II.”
“That explains why the losses are so heavy. In order to reduce losses, Ukraine now needs powerful weapons that match or even surpass Russian weapons. This would allow Ukraine to respond in the same way,” Mushenko said .
White House announces more military aid to Ukraine
On Tuesday, the White House announced a new $700 million package of Ukrainian military aid that includes missile systems. The package came after Ukrainian officials requested long-range missiles to slow the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine.
In one piece he wrote in it That New York Times This week, President Joe Biden outlined his decision to provide the weapons.
“We acted quickly to send Ukraine a significant amount of arms and ammunition so that it can fight on the battlefield and be in the best possible position at the negotiating table,” the president wrote. “Therefore, I have decided that we will equip the Ukrainians with more advanced missile systems and ammunition that will allow them to more accurately hit key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.”
news week asked the foreign ministries of Russia and Ukraine for their opinion.
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