December 23, 2022 news Russia-Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with defense industry officials in Tula, Russia on December 23.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with defense industry officials in Tula, Russia on December 23. (Sputnik / Russian Presidential Press Office / Kremlin / Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet defense industry officials gathered from across the country in the city of Tula on Friday to discuss “problems” related to the supply of weapons to the Russian military and how to improve deliveries and the characteristics of the weapons.

“The most important and key task for the enterprise of the military-industrial complex is to supply everything necessary to the front-line units (weapons, equipment and ammunition) in the necessary volume and the required quality in the fastest way,” Putin said. start of the meeting, which he said takes place in the “city of weapons”. There is a large weapons plant in the city.

“In addition, it is important to significantly improve the characteristics of the supplied armaments in the context of the latest battle experience,” Putin said. “I look forward to your proposals to address the problems that are inevitable in this great work and how we can move forward and ensure that there are fewer of them.”

“A key task in this is to establish a feedback loop between the military-industrial complex and the units involved in the special military operation,” he said, using his term for the invasion of Ukraine.

“Your specialists are on the front lines helping to quickly repair damaged equipment and get it back up and running, to test how it works in combat and make changes to prototypes to improve their features,” he said.

Putin meets with business leaders of the military industrial complex in Tula, Russia, on Friday.
Putin meets with business leaders of the military industrial complex in Tula, Russia, on Friday. (Sputnik/Russian Presidential Press Office/Kremlin/Reuters)

some context: There have been reports of shortages of basic equipment for Russian troops since the start of the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Russian citizens are now crowdfunding to equip soldiers deployed in Ukraine as winter approaches the battlefield.

In the Chuvashia region, where some of those mobilized protested in the fall, Telegram channels said families had gone into debt buying equipment. And in Tambov, central Russia, 8th graders also raised money for socks for the troops.

While many appeals focus on preventing hypothermia among soldiers fighting without proper clothing and shelter in sub-zero temperatures, some are also trying to obtain thermal imaging devices, two-way radios, body armor and even drones.

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