Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the defense sector's chiefs instructions to step up their efforts to ensure that the Russian army is given all of the weaponry, equipment, and military gear it needs to combat in Ukraine as soon as possible.
Putin made the remarks on Friday while visiting Tula, a hub for the production of weapons. He has framed Russia's battle in Ukraine as a historic endeavor to strike back against what he has said is excessive Western dominance. The remarks were delivered by Putin when he was in the midst of a trip to Tula.
Putin asserts that "the most crucial responsibility of our military-industrial complex is to give our units and front-line soldiers with everything they need: weapons, equipment, ammunition, and gear in the appropriate numbers and of the proper quality in the quickest timeframes. Our military-industrial complex's most crucial role is to provide our units and front-line soldiers with all they need, including weapons, equipment, ammunition, and clothing.”
According to the report, "it's also essential to refine and significantly improve the technical characteristics of weapons and equipment for our troops based on the battle experience we've learned. We have acquired, thus this is the basis.”
Putin said earlier this week that the Russian army needed to learn from and improve upon the challenges it had encountered in Ukraine. He also pledged to provide everything necessary for the army to continue fighting in a conflict that is nearing the end of its tenth month.
Tens of thousands of Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, beginning what Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to as "a special military operation." Since then, Moscow has returned around half of the territory it first seized.
Putin has acknowledged that a mobilization drive intended to recruit some 300,000 soldiers in September did not proceed as planned. He has directed that deficiencies, some of which have sometimes included a lack of fundamental tools and training, be quickly corrected.
This week, he said that the government would ensure that the army's needs would be met without "budget constraints," but he insisted that there was no need to "militarize" the economy.
He told the leaders of the military industry on Friday that he was eager to hear their ideas for solving different problems and that he wanted experts from the defense industry to work closely with front-line soldiers to improve weapons and equipment.
Russia presently controls a significant chunk of eastern and southern Ukraine along a front that is around 1,100 kilometers (685 miles) long after an invasion that occurred over ten months ago. Despite this, Russia has suffered a string of losses that have made its smaller foe the stronger force in the conflict.
The most recent public admission of Russian casualties was made on September 21 when 5,937 Russian personnel were reported dead.
That sum is far less than the bulk of international estimates. The most senior American general estimated that more than 100,000 troops had been killed or wounded on both sides of the war by November 9.