Three oil refineries and fuel depots in Russia were attacked the previous three days, resulting in widespread damage across the board. Two of the attacks were suicide drones piloted by Ukrainians.
19FortyFive notes that the Russian military must not only prepare for the forthcoming counteroffensive by the Ukrainian army but also protect against strikes like these from behind enemy lines.
Russian soldiers are still trying to deal with the horror of Ukrainian attacks on their logistical hubs on day 434 of the conflict in Ukraine.
Despite suffering losses due to the counteroffensive launched by the Ukrainians in the fall, the Russian soldiers advanced toward their supply lines. This is often a good thing because it reduces the time gasoline and ammunition travel to get to the front lines.
Russian logistics nodes cannot be moved close to the frontlines because of Ukrainian long-range firing from systems like the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). Therefore, Russia’s advantage of being closer to the supply source is somewhat mitigated.
The Russian frontline forces will have a more challenging time maintaining logistical assistance in the long run, and this is precisely what the Ukrainian military wants to do.
Ukrainian forces are hitting key logistical hubs, including gasoline depots and ammo dumps, forcing the Russian troops to flee further. Russian frontline units have a more challenging time being resupplied during the battle.
Russian troops in Ukraine are dying at an alarming pace on the ground. Nearly a thousand members of the Russian armed forces have been killed or injured during the past 48 hours, an increase in casualties of almost 20% from the previous days.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported on Thursday that their forces had destroyed 308 fighter, attack, bomber, and transport jets; 294 attack and transport helicopters; 3,707 tanks; 2,962 artillery pieces; 7,216 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles; 547 multiple launch rocket systems; 18 boats and cutters; 5,886 vehicles and fuel tanks; and 304 anti-aircraft batteries; and that approximately 192,590 Russian troops had been killed or wounded.
The Russians have strategically put their logistical backbone on and around the Crimean Peninsula, which will likely be the focus of the forthcoming counteroffensive by the Ukrainian military.