Russia is running out of ammunition for its armies fighting in the Donbass after Ukraine hit several arms depots with new Western long-range artillery, a pro-Russian blogger has said.
Strikes on at least five depots located miles behind the front line between Donetsk and Luhansk began on Friday and triggered explosions at each site that lasted for several hours.
Bloggers reported seeing fires burning for hours, and Russian state media said debris from the sites was catapulted up to three miles. Local authorities closed roads and evacuated civilians.
In his blog, Fighting Cat Murtz, a former pro-Russian rebel fighter, accused Russian commanders who knew Britain and the United States were supplying Ukraine with long-range missiles but still stockpiling ammunition at their scope.
The “ineffective” Russian air defenses against Himars
“Now we have lost these warehouses one by one,” he wrote. “Instead, out of the blue, a savage ‘shell hunger’ has just been created by the enemy who have mastered the new foreign artillery systems and the MLRS.” MLRS are British long-range artillery systems.
Fighting Cat Murtz is a supporter of the pro-Russian People’s Republic of Donetsk, but is scathing towards Russian military leaders. In his last blog, he called them “vile, petty and thieves”.
Igor Strelkov, a former commander of the rebel forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic, who had close ties to the Russian FSB, confirmed the information from Fighting Cat Murz. He said that 10 ammunition depots had been hit last week by Ukrainian missiles, and that several oil depots and a dozen command posts had been destroyed.
“The Russian air defense system … proved ineffective against massive Himar missile strikes,” he said on his Telegram channel, which has 400,000 subscribers. “There were big losses of personnel and equipment.”
Ukraine’s strike against Russian command posts and ammunition supplies came after new US deliveries brought the total number of Himars on the battlefield to nine.