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Vladimir Putin has run out of weapons in the Ukraine war

  • OffJohn Frederick Went


Russia’s arsenal is shrinking. Experts are convinced of this. There are many symptoms.

MOSCOW — According to Mark Hertling, former US general Vladimir Putin Ukraine conflict The gun went off. In one CNNIn the interview, the expert explained that the Russian president is keen to develop relations with countries such as Iran and China, as the stockpile of weapons and ammunition decreases.

“The reality is that Russia is trying to find partners in different countries that have different types of munitions that they can use to deliver this war,” Hertling said. “I think Putin is realizing that he’s running out of ammunition to keep this fight going.”

Iran is Russia’s most important ally in the war in Ukraine

Nevertheless, according to Hertling, China will not provide any military aid to Russia, due to Russia’s poor image in the world. “Of course, Mr. Putin is trying to cement his partnership with President Xi. But I think President Xi realized a long time ago that this mission makes Russia and Mr. Putin a colossus on the world stage,” Hertling said. “In the official statement you promised cooperation, political cooperation. But as you have seen, Mr.

Hertling is certain that “there was an attempt to exchange energy resources from China for munitions or military equipment.” However, Putin’s chances of victory are slim. “Putin is seen as the weaker of the two partners in this new China-Russia relationship,” commented Hertling. Iran is Russia’s most important ally in the war in Ukraine.

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Expert sees Russian weapons stockpile dwindling

According to Rajan Menon, an expert on Russian military affairs at the think tank Defense Priorities, there are many signs that Russia’s weapons stockpiles are “rapidly declining.” “Moscow doesn’t expect a war to last long,” counters Menon newsweek.com. As reasons for his statement, the expert cites, among other things, Russia’s increasing use of Iranian drones and negotiations with Tehran on the purchase of missiles.

Vladimir Putin: The Political Life of the Russian Head of State in Pictures

Vladimir Putin has been a soldier since February 24, 2022 - the official description in Russia is a soldier in Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin has also been a belligerent since February 24, 2022 – even if the official explanation in Russia speaks only of a military “special operation” in Ukraine. © Mikhail Klimentyev/Imago
Vladimir Putin and Olaf Scholes at a table in the Kremlin.
This is how Putin receives his guests now – especially those from the West. On February 15, 2022, Chancellor Olaf Scholes traveled to Moscow. At that time, the war in Ukraine had not yet begun. But Putin is not impressed by Scholes. © Kremlin Pool/Imago
Vladimir Putin with Fleet Commander Kuriotov
Born October 7, 1952, Putin was a KGB officer from 1975 to 1982 and attended the KGB University in Moscow from 1984 to 1985. From 1985 he worked in the GDR mainly in Dresden. Then it was back to St. Petersburg. From July 25, 1998 to August 1999, Putin was the director of the FSB, the domestic intelligence agency. In this position he met with Admiral of the Navy Vladimir Kuryedov (right) in November 1998. © Stringer/dpa
Vladimir Putin with Boris Yeltsin in the Kremlin.
In 1999, Putin assumed the post of prime minister for the first time – with a preference for succeeding President Boris Yeltsin (left). When Yeltsin resigned on December 31, 1999, Putin also temporarily assumed the duties of president. In May 2000, Putin was re-elected President of Russia. © dpa
On May 7, 2000, Putin was inaugurated.
On May 7, 2000, Putin was sworn in under the watchful eye of Boris Yeltsin. In addition to serving as head of government from 2008 to 2012, Putin has held the position of President of the Russian Federation. © Imago
Vladimir Putin and Bill Clinton sign an agreement in New York.
In September 2000, Putin visited the United States. Bill Clinton (right) was the first US president she met in years to come. With the then current US President B © Imago
Herhard Schröder and Vladimir Putin greet each other with a hug in the foyer of the Taschenbergpalais in Dresden.
In September 2001, as President of Russia, Putin went on a three-day state visit to Germany. Then-Chancellor Hegard Schröder (left) welcomed him at the Taschenbergpalais in Dresden, the capital of Saxony. Even then, the two got along well. That friendship continues today. © Jan-Peter Kasper/dpa
Vladimir Putin’s black labrador runs across the room as he meets his master, Angela Merkel.
Putin likes to play psychological games – one he played with Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007. At the meeting in Sochi on the Black Sea, Putin let a Labrador run off a leash during a joint press conference. Merkel, who was bitten by a dog as a child, was visibly uncomfortable. © Dmitry Astakov/dpa
George Bush and Vladimir Putin walk on the grounds of Putin’s summer home, Bocharov Ruche.
George W. Bush (right) was confronted by Putin, the second US president. In April 2008, the two heads of state met on the grounds of Putin’s summer home, Bocharov Rusei. © Imago
Vladimir Putin is the new Prime Minister of Russia.
On May 7, 2008, after two terms in office, Dmitry Medvedev replaced Putin as President of Russia. A day later, the Duma elected Putin as the new head of government on the proposal of the new president. Even so, Putin was the strong man. © dpa
Putin and Obama grill each other.
On May 7, 2012, Putin was re-elected president. His relationship with US President Barack Obama was marked by distance. This also happened at a United Nations event in New York in September 2015. © Amanda Voisard/dpa
Putin met with Trump at the APEC summit in Vietnam.
When Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US election, Russia may have had a hand in it. Putin certainly had reason. Anyway, he got along well with Donald Trump. In November 2017, they greeted each other with a family photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam. © Mikhail Klimentyev/dpa
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shake hands during talks at the Kremlin on July 4, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.
Under Putin, Russia and China have been getting closer lately. An important date was July 4, 2017, when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the Kremlin in Moscow. Many treaties and economic agreements were signed then. © Sergei Ilnitsky/dpa
Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.
In his third term, Putin intensified military conflicts. Since March 21, 2014, Russia has considered Crimea as part of its territory. Since September 2015, the Russian Air Force has been supporting Syrian President Assad in military operations in the civil war in Syria. © Sergei Ilnitsky/dpa
Vladimir Putin (left) and Joe Biden shake hands as they meet at Villa La Grange.
On June 16, 2021, he met and held talks with US President Joe Biden during the Geneva Summit. Even then, the deployment of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border was a problem. © Denis Polybous/dpa
Vladimir Putin smiles in Geneva.
Summit talks are of no use. On February 24, 2022, war broke out in Ukraine when Russian troops invaded the neighboring country. Perhaps Putin already knew in Geneva. © Denis Polybous/dpa

“How quickly it can ramp up new production remains to be seen. Whether it can maintain the frequency and intensity of attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and other urban targets is an indication of the depth of the Russian problem,” Menon said. (John Went)