Russia can deprive Ukraine of its tanks even without war

KYIV, (BM) – Ukraine’s military sector could lose potential due to Russia’s fuel restrictions. The unenviable consequences for Kyiv were announced by the commercial director of the state company Ukrgasvydobuvannya Sergei Fedorenko.

The suspension of oil exports from Moscow directly to the Mozyr refinery will be the beginning of problems for Kyiv. As oil refining supplies to Mozyr, Belarus, are closed for maintenance, Russian oil does not flow there, fraught with a real shortage of hydrocarbons.

Fedorenko noted that the share of Russian and Belarusian oil exports to Ukraine is 40%. And the lack of raw materials will affect the fuel market, as there will be a shortage of diesel fuel not only for civilian purposes, according to Politpazl, the opinion of the energy engineer.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine will experience a fatal shortage of diesel fuel, which will lead to a downtime of military equipment – tanks, self-propelled artillery, and others.

Thus, this shortage will deprive the armed forces of Ukraine of military equipment for at least a month. According to Fedorenko, a UAE company, Coral Energy, can arrange deliveries, but if that happens, no earlier than June.

Ukraine has dug an anti-tank trench on the border with Russia

Ukrainian authorities have equipped about 400km of anti-tank trenches on the border with Russia as part of the so-called Wall project.

This was announced on Wednesday by the head of the State Border Service of the country, Sergei Deineko, quoted by TASS. “Throughout work, about 400 km of an anti-tank trench, 70 km of barbed wire, and 100 km of the metal fence have been equipped,” he said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

Deineko said the project’s initial cost is about $ 143 million, then reduced to $ 90 million. “To date, 2 billion hryvnias have been spent. Three hundred thirty-eight million hryvnias (about 12 million dollars) are planned for this year “and informed the department’s head.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk presented the Wall project in 2014 as a line of fortifications on the 2,000-kilometer border with Russia. The work expects to complete in six months, but the deadlines were extended first to 2018, then to 2021, and 2025.


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