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Ukraine relies on weapons from allies after running out of Soviet-era weapons

Ukraine has run out of weapons designed by the Soviet Union and Russia and is completely dependent on its allies to prevent Russia’s invasion, Uю Sю military sources say.

The Ukrainian army and its defense industry, once part of the Soviet Union, revolved around standard equipment from the Soviet Union and Russia, firearms, tanks, howitzers, and other weapons that were incompatible with those of their western neighbors. Was built on.

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, more than three months of the conflict sparked and its equipment was exhausted or destroyed in combat, US sources said.

Currently, Kieu’s army is using or learning to use the weapons used by NATO allies in the United States and Europe.

Stable flow

In the early days of the war, the West was cautious about supplying Kyiv much, worried that doing so could lead to a NATO-Russia conflict.

They were also afraid that their advanced weapons technology would fall into the hands of Russia.

Instead, Ukrainian allies provided their own stockpile of Russian standard equipment, including tanks and helicopters, to strengthen Kyiv’s army.

The United States has also led an effort to search all other former Soviet countries for ammunition, parts and additional supplies that meet Ukraine’s needs.

But it was all exhausted or destroyed.

“They have left the world,” US officials said of standard Soviet and Russian weapons.

This means that the Ukrainian army must switch to often unfamiliar weapons built to Western specifications.

US and NATO partners are sending Ukrainian heavy weapons such as howitzers and Himal rocket artillery, dispelling previous concerns about the spread of conflict and Russia’s acquisition of confidential technology. The latter offers wider range and accuracy than Russians.

Under the umbrella of a 40-member contact group in Ukraine, Allied defense ministers help Kieu’s army receive a continuous stream of ammunition, spare parts and weapons, according to another U.S. military official. Is being adjusted.

However, officials emphasized that if weapons appear to be arriving slowly, it is primarily because allies want to make sure that Ukrainian troops can absorb them steadily and safely.

Pace also limits the risk of destroying stockpiled weapons by bombarding within Ukraine.

Therefore, the United States is sending weapons in stages.

The latest $ 700 million package, announced June 1, includes four Himars artillery systems, 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles, and four Soviet standard Mi-17 helicopters.

It also includes 15,000 grenades, 15 lightly armored vehicles, and other ammunition.

“We are trying to maintain a stable flow,” said a second US official.

Push the long range arm

Kieu has repeatedly sought a long-range Himmers precision missile system, but Washington agreed only when he felt that Ukraine was ready.

Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that while four Himal systems were being prepared for Ukraine, training focused on building one platoon at a time to operate them. ..

Himars is a “very sophisticated long-range system,” Milley told reporters. “We need to certify these people to make sure they know how to use the system properly.”

“If they use it properly and effectively, they will have a very very good effect on the battlefield,” Millie said.

However, according to US officials, the US is willing to send a Gray Eagle tactical drone to Ukraine for fear that it could be used to attack deep inside Russia.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/06/10/ukraine-dependent-on-arms-from-allies-after-exhausting-soviet-era-weaponry-a77961 Ukraine relies on weapons from allies after running out of Soviet-era weapons

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