Vladimir Putin is in “tremendous difficulty” as his invasion stalls and entire patrols are wiped out, with HIMARS rockets hammering Russia in Ukraine, it has been claimed.
Nico Lange, who is chief of staff for Christine Lambrecht, Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence, was speaking days after British military intelligence claimed Putin had fired several commanders as a result of the nation’s “poor performance” since the start of the war on February 24.
Russia is struggling to gain a foothold as vast quantities of military aid pours in to bolster the campaign being spearheaded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mr Lange said.
The supply of equipment is being coordinated at a US base near the German city of Stuttgart, with roughly 50 nations providing gear, a report by Deutsche Well suggested, including the highly effective High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), as well PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers from Germany and the Netherlands.
Mr Lange claimed the weapons were changing the face of the conflict, explaining: “The crucial aspect of the past few days is that Russia is now being forced to react to the Ukrainians’ statements and actions.
“Until now, it was the other way around: The Ukrainians were forced to react to everything Russia did.”