The Key to the Current Stage of the Ukraine War: Precision Artillery Operations
On the battlefields of Ukraine, neither Russia nor Ukraine
possesses a strong air force, making ground combat heavily reliant on artillery
power. The success or failure of the battle is determined by artillery and
anti-artillery operations. From my personal perspective, the previous counteroffensive
phase in Ukraine was perplexing and gave a sense of failure mainly because the
Ukrainian high command treated their infantry units as a force for large-scale
assaults in attempts to break through the Russian defense lines. Unfortunately,
this played right into the hands of the Russian forces, resulting in severe
casualties for the Ukrainian troops.
If the Ukrainian military wishes to learn from this
experience, then in the next phase of operations, it should continue
employing the reconnaissance approach. This is to utilize smaller units and adopt
infiltration reconnaissance tactics to penetrate Russian defense lines, and small-scale
attacks to identify and gather intelligence on Russian artillery units can also
be implemented. Once the coordinates of the Russian artillery units are known,
precise strikes can be carried out to neutralize and destroy them. This
approach will rapidly deplete the Russian artillery resources, leaving the
Russian defense vulnerable without artillery cover and concealment, causing
increased losses and making its defense line susceptible to breakthroughs.
Whether this method of warfare represents a new model for
modern offensive tactics is difficult to say for certain and would require
practical battlefield experience by the Ukrainian military to ascertain.
However, undoubtedly the previous approach of deploying infantry clusters for
widespread attacks by the Ukrainian military has proven to be a failure,
requiring it to locate a new means of warfare.