Ukraine Endures Over a Million Russian Shells in 24 Hours

Wes O'Donnell
5 min readNov 3, 2023
Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division work with M119 Howitzers to enhance their basic artillery skills on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 14, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Stephanie Snyder) Public domain

Russia’s ammo stores have been revitalized following a North Korean shipment of a million artillery shells.

But these shells are quantity over quality.

On Wednesday, November 1, Russia commenced its largest single-day bombardment in 2023 to date, hitting numerous targets across Ukraine.

Ihor Klymenko, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, shared a statement regarding the Russian shelling on Telegram: “Over the last 24 hours, the enemy shelled 118 settlements in 10 regions. This is the highest number of cities and villages that have come under attack since the start of the year.”

In addition to numerous villages, this coordinated artillery bombardment was coupled with drone and missile attacks, some of which hit a Ukrainian oil refinery in the city of Poltava, in central Ukraine.

Russia also took this opportunity to attack ships at sea as Russian warplanes were seen dropping explosives on Black Sea shipping lanes frequented by civilian vessels.

This attack comes as Ukraine is experiencing success in its counteroffensive, specifically near Klishchiivka and Andriivka.

Last week, Ukraine War commentators were just writing about how quiet it’s been lately from Russian strikes.

So why now? Were the Russians just stockpiling ammo to execute a large strike across multiple fronts?

>North Korea has entered the chat

South Korea’s top spy agency believes North Korea sent more than a million artillery shells to Russia since August.

This lifeline came at a crucial time for Putin as his army in Ukraine suffers from abysmal moral problems and a dwindling ammunition supply.

North Korea shares many of the same artillery systems as Russia — and for domestically-produced systems, Kim Jong Un decided to stick with similar artillery calibers.

This was likely done less out of a desire to conform to some sort of interoperability standard, like NATO, and more to do with the economy of manufacturer and availability of design plans from the former Soviet Union.

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Wes O'Donnell

Army & Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | Pro-Democracy | Pro-Human Rights