By Dave DeCamp
Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, mentioned Thursday that Ukraine is shedding between 100 and 200 troops within the combating in opposition to Russia every day.
The estimate is greater than the one provided by Zelensky final week, who mentioned Ukraine was shedding between 60 and 100 troops every day. Till final week, Kyiv had not been providing casualty charges, however now it appears Ukrainian officers are sharing their battlefield losses to get extra arms from the West.
“The Russian forces have thrown just about all the things non-nuclear on the entrance and that features heavy artillery, a number of rocket launch techniques and aviation,” Podolyak advised BBC.
Podolyak mentioned that Ukraine wants extra of the rocket techniques the US and Britain are beginning to ship, which may hit targets as much as 50 miles away, greater than twice the vary of the M777 Howitzers the US has been offering Kyiv.
“Our calls for for artillery usually are not just a few sort of whim… however an goal want in the case of the state of affairs on the battlefield,” Podolyak mentioned. He added that Ukraine wants 150 to 300 rocket techniques to match Russia. Up to now, the US has pledged to ship 4 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Methods, often known as HIMARS, and Britain has mentioned it’ll ship three US-made M270 A number of Launch Rocket Methods (MLRS).
Since President Biden just lately signed a invoice authorizing $40 billion for Ukraine help, it’s doable the US will ship many extra rocket techniques, which dangers frightening Moscow as Russian officers have made clear that they view the weapons as a big escalation. However first, the US has to coach Ukrainian troops on the right way to use the techniques, which might take time. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley mentioned the US might be coaching one Ukrainian platoon at a time.
Podolyak additionally advised BBC that Ukraine would solely resume peace talks with Russia if Moscow surrendered the territory it has gained for the reason that invasion began on February 24. Podolyak had led the Ukrainian delegation in negotiations with Russia earlier within the battle.