Advisor to the President’s Chief of Staff Oleksii Arestovych said that given the amount of Russian military equipment disabled or left on the battlefield by Russian troops, it can be said that the Russian military has become the main supplier of weapons for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
He said this on the airwaves of the national telethon, reports the Ukrainian press agency.
“Partly Russian equipment will also enter service with us. The Russian military has long been the main supplier of weapons to the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Arestovych said.
He also doubts that Russia will be able to mobilize enough forces to launch another major strike against Ukraine.
Arestovych noted that Russian leaders were afraid of causing massive outrage among their citizens, so even when they felt more or less confident, in early March they announced that there would be no mobilization.
In addition, he added that even in the event of mobilization, the new Russian troops have nothing to equip, judging by the type of military equipment that is currently entering Ukraine.
Arestovych also noted that recently Russian troops withdrew their forces from the vicinity of kyiv, Sumy, Chernihiv and Kharkiv and were sent to the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area, Mariupol and Mykolaiv.
According to him, “the only problem” that exists is Russia’s large stockpile of cruise missiles, and the enemy will send them to Ukrainian cities, including kyiv, until the end of the conflict.
As reported by the Ukrainian News Agency, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on the morning of March 15, the loss of personnel of the Russian troops amounted to 13,500 killed since the beginning of the war with Russia, since February 24.
At the same time, the enemy lost 404 tanks, 1,279 armored fighting vehicles, 150 artillery systems, 64 multiple rocket launchers, 36 air defense systems, 81 aircraft, 95 helicopters, 640 vehicles, 3 ships/ boats, 60 fuel tanks, 9 drones.
At the end of February, the state enterprise Ukroboronprom reached an agreement with the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the repair of captured equipment.
Ukroboronprom also said it was ready to pay a $1 million bounty for a hijacked or captured Russian plane.