Ukraine is facing cuts in military aid from its allies and must focus more on military technology if it is to stop Russian military aggression. This follows from the comments of the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny, which CNN published on its website on Thursday. In the text, the general does not mention the alleged rift with President Volodymyr Zelensky or the possibility of his removal from office, which some media have been speculating about in recent days. We wrote about it here. In the text, he calls for a new system of “technological rearmament”.
“The Second World War ended almost 80 years ago, but its legacy in defining the strategic vision of war continues to this day. Despite all the technological advances, the concept of victory remains the same: destroy the enemy and conquer or liberate the territory. Nevertheless, every war is unique,” writes Zaluzhny at the beginning of the text, where he notes that an important driving force behind Russia’s current war against Ukraine is the development of unmanned weapon systems such as drones.
“Together with other types of advanced weapons, they represent the best way for Ukraine to avoid being drawn into a positional war in which we do not have the upper hand,” writes the Ukrainian general, who goes on to point out that mastering these technologies is key, but not the only factor influencing the current strategy . “We have to deal with a reduction in military support from key allies dealing with their own political tensions,” he says.
According to him, the weakness of international sanctions means that Russia, together with some other countries, is still able to use its military-industrial complex in pursuit of a war of attrition against Ukraine. “We must realize the significant advantage that the enemy has in mobilizing human resources and compare it with the inability of state institutions in Ukraine to improve the numbers of our armed forces without using unpopular measures,” writes Zaluzhnyi, according to whom, among other things, the partial monopolization of the defense industry deepens dependence Ukraine on arms deliveries from allies.
Zaluzhny notes that Ukraine has unique combat experience, but must constantly seek new ways and capabilities to gain an advantage over invading troops. “Perhaps the number one priority here is to control the entire arsenal of (relatively) cheap, modern and highly effective, unmanned means and other technological options,” says the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army. According to him, it means a fundamental overhaul of operations on the battlefield and abandoning “outdated, stereotypical thinking”.
According to him, defense systems and countermeasures aimed at how Russia uses new technologies also need to be improved. “The challenge to our armed forces cannot be underestimated. It is about the creation of a completely new state system of technological rearmament,” he wrote, adding that the creation of such a system can be achieved within five months. “Our partners are of the same opinion,” writes the general.
According to him, Ukraine needs to focus on three areas this year – creating a system that will provide its army with high-tech equipment, introducing a new “philosophy” of training and fighting that takes into account limited resources, and accelerating the acquisition of “new combat capabilities”.
According to The Times, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi reportedly had to withdraw his threats to dismiss the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny. At first the general himself refused to resign. After that, President Zelenskyi allegedly ran into potential replacements who refused to take over Zalužný’s position. According to the newspaper, which quotes senior Ukrainian officers, Zaluzhnyi was summoned to a meeting with Zelensky on Monday. There, he allegedly told the president’s advisers that their assessment of the military situation was more positive than it actually was. The Guardian quoted one of the Ukrainian MPs as saying that “the president asked Zaluzhny to resign, but he refused.” We wrote more about it here.