Vladimir Putin scrambles to boost weapons production for Ukraine war

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to cut through bureaucracy to crank out enough weapons and supplies to feed his troops in Ukraine.

This is as Russia is facing military production delays and mounting battlefield losses where a Western-armed Ukrainian counteroffensive has set back Russia’s forces.

On Tuesday, Putin chaired a new committee designed to accelerate the production and delivery of weapons and supplies for Russian troops, and stressed the need to “gain higher tempo in all areas”.

In other developments, Ukrainian authorities asked citizens not to return home and further tax the country’s battered energy infrastructure, and Western countries mulled how to rebuild Ukraine when the war ends.

The Russian military’s shortfalls in the eight-month war have been so pronounced that Putin had to create a structure to try to address them. On Tuesday, he chaired a new committee designed to accelerate the production and delivery of weapons and supplies for Russian troops, stressing the need to gain higher tempo in all areas.

Russian news reports have acknowledged that many of those called up under a mobilisation of 300,000 reservists Putin ordered haven’t been provided with basic equipment such as medical kits and flak jackets, and had to find their own.

Other reports have suggested that Russian troops are increasingly forced to use old and sometimes unreliable equipment and that some of the newly mobilised troops are rushed to the war front with little training.

Last week, Putin tried to show all is well by visiting a training site in Russia where he was shown well equipped soldiers.




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