NewsAmerican ammo boosts Ukraine's defense as Russian advances stall

American ammo boosts Ukraine's defense as Russian advances stall

Battle of Chasiv Yar
Battle of Chasiv Yar
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10:48 AM EDT, May 19, 2024

After the April crisis, the situation in Ukraine has improved. American ammunition has started to reach the front lines, new mobilization laws have been introduced, and new brigades are being formed with freshly trained soldiers, reports the biweekly magazine "Forbes."

The situation on the front is improving, and nowhere is this more evident than in Chasiv Yar, an industrial city west of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, which is the main target of the Russian offensive in the region.

Ukraine effectively repels attacks

In the early days of the Russian attacks on the city, armored units constantly moved north and south, and infantry seized more territory. At that time, the Ukrainian defense seemed to be losing the race for Chasiv Yar. Now, however, after a sudden change in circumstances, the ammunition depots of the Ukrainian defenders are full and wreaking havoc on Russian assault groups, writes Forbes.

The magazine gives the example of a Friday attempt to direct a group of 20 Russian armored vehicles to Chasiv Yar, which a few weeks ago would have encountered little difficulty reaching the target, reporting that when the convoy entered a segment of open terrain, it was immediately shelled along its entire length by heavy ammunition and Ukrainian drones. The few Russians who managed to reach the city's buildings did not survive long in them.

The units in Chasiv Yar are not the only ones benefiting from the influx of ammunition. "For the first time during the war, none of the brigades complained that there were no artillery shells," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday.

"Forbes" summarized that although President Zelensky may somewhat overestimate the amount of ammunition, it is evident that when the Russians attacked Chasiv Yar on Friday, the Ukrainians had enough firepower to stop them.

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