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The war in Ukraine has passed its three-month mark, and while media attention has dissipated, the conflict continues to rage on. A panel of experts joined Roundtable to discuss the ongoing developments and their geopolitical and military implications. In this segment, they recap the role of weaponry in this phase of the war.
Kris Osborn explains that the war has shifted largely to an artillery confrontation, with Russia relying heavily on long-range weapons. The superpower's missile and rocket launchers continue to give it a significant advantage over Ukraine.
“Eastern Ukraine is more of an open area, a plateau,” he explains. “Should this become close-quarter combat, or something in an urban area, that would be a different equation that might favor the Ukrainians, given their success thus far with ambushes and hit-and-run style attacks.”
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Osborn argues that providing Ukraine with rockets could significantly transform the current state of warfare.
“One of the big predicaments that the Ukrainians have had is falling prey to these indiscriminate rocket and missile attacks from the Russian side of the border,” he says, noting that Zelensky told CNN months ago that he needed a multiple-launch rocket system. “That's the opportunity to go after those launchers and save children's lives in Ukrainian cities from these rockets and missiles that the Russians are firing.”
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John Ruehl, Contributing Editor, Strategic Policy
Marco Vicenzino, Consultant, Global Strategy Project
Kris Osborn is the President of Warrior Maven - Center for Military Modernization and the Defense Editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.