Ukraine war proves weakness of Western weapons: Russian defense minister

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says despite the West’s comprehensive arms supplies to Ukraine, the military resources in the country were “almost exhausted.”

Shoigu told a security conference in Moscow on Tuesday that the war in Ukraine exposed vulnerabilities in Western weapons systems that Moscow would soon share.

“In the special military operation, the Russian army has debunked many myths about the superiority of Western military standards,” he added.

Shoigu said that there was “nothing unique” about Western weapons and that they were not invulnerable to Russian arms on the battlefield.

For nearly 18 months, the United States and its Western allies have been supplying Kiev with weapons.

“The preliminary results of combat operations show that Ukraine’s military resources are almost exhausted,” Shoigu said, adding that he would soon share details about the weaknesses of Western weapons and that none were invulnerable.

“We have data on… the destruction of German tanks, American armored vehicles, British missiles and other weapons systems,” he said. “We are ready to share our assessments… with our partners.”

He also accused Ukraine of repeatedly using civilian infrastructure to hide soldiers and heavy military equipment and that Kiev had shelled civilian settlements in eastern Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly warned that a continued supply of Western arms and military equipment for the Ukrainian military would only prolong the war.

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