VG.NO - ANJA ARIEL TØRNES BREKKE - Updated today 11 June - 17:53
The Ukrainians are dependent on help from the West so as not to be torn to shreds, says Lieutenant Colonel Palle Ydstebø about the fighting around the town of Sievjerodonetsk.
- The whole war in the Donbas has become an artillery war. If I am to use a picture from the world wars, it is about to become a meat grinder à la Verdun in 1916, says Ydstebø to VG, and refers to the most prolonged battle of the First World War.
In recent weeks, there has been a tug-of-war over the city of Sevierodonetsk in eastern Ukraine.
The city has long been the largest in the area over which Russia has no control.
On Monday, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hajdaj said that Ukraine controlled half the city, but over the past week Russia has gained the upper hand.
- The situation remains difficult. The fighting continues, and unfortunately, most of the city is controlled by Russia. Some fighting is going on in the streets, the governor said on Saturday according to CNN.
Ukraine loses between 100 and 200 soldiers daily, they said earlier this week.
Ydstebø, who teaches military strategy at the war school, calls what is going on in Sievjerodonetsk a war of attrition that ties up large forces.
- The Russians are pushing from the east and the Ukrainians are holding on to the west, there are also small movements in all directions. They take little terrain and it's mostly about using large amounts of artillery to shoot the opponents to pieces, he explains.
- The disadvantage is that the Russians have unbelievably much more artillery and access to ammunition than the Ukrainian forces.
PREVIOUS STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE: The city of Sevierodonetsk is strategically important to prevent the Russians from entering Ukraine. The photo was taken on Wednesday. Photo: Oleksandr Ratushniak / AP
The advantage to Ukraine is, according to Ydstebø, that they dominate a hill above the city that provides an overview, and are demanding for the Russians to attack.
But Ukrainian forces are running out of Soviet weapons and ammunition.
In order for them to be able to survive, they need more ammunition and artillery from the West, Ydstebø points out.
- If the West takes this seriously, then it just has to happen. If not, the Russian supremacy will tear the Ukrainians to shreds, he says.
Governor Vitaly Kim in Mykolajiv on Saturday asked the West to speed up new arms deliveries, and that long-range missiles will be crucial, according to the news agency AFP.
Ydstebø believes that the fighting in the area will continue for a while longer, but that such rockets will help a lot.
- Then they can start attacking Russian artillery concentration, command posts, and ammunition depots, he says and adds:
- It is a war of exhaustion, and then it will be a stumbling block until one party manages to wear down the opponent and physically drive them away
Published: 11.06.22 at 22:34 Updated: 11.06.22 at 22:53
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