US assessments paint a bleak picture for the future of the war, with high personnel and material losses on both sides. US officials believe Russian forces plan to maintain intense attacks in the east, characterized by heavy artillery and missile strikes, with the intention of wearing down Ukrainian forces and NATO resolve over time. time.
Members of Ukraine’s parliament told U.S. lawmakers that the Russian military had calculated how much ammunition Western allies had in stock for the Ukrainian army’s Russian-made artillery and planned to wait for Ukrainian forces to move on. wear out over time.
“Putin is not deterred and I don’t think he ever will be,” Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN.
“This war could last for years,” he added.
At home, the United States and NATO partners are beginning to see the limits of their own supplies of some advanced weapons, including shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles. These weapons systems have their own complicated supply lines, which means replacing the thousands of such missiles already supplied to Ukrainian forces could take years.
Meanwhile, the US Department of Defense watchdog has opened an assessment of the department’s plans to replenish its own stockpiles of ammunition and equipment as it continues to supply significant quantities to Ukraine, it said. the agency on Wednesday.
“The purpose of this assessment is to determine the extent to which the DOD has planned to resupply its equipment and ammunition provided to Ukraine,” the department’s inspector general said in a statement.
Devan Cole, Katie Bo Lillis, Barbara Starr, Natasha Bertrand, Oren Liebermann, Tim Lister, Donald Judd and CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.