KYIV ($1=29.56 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The stocks of Soviet or Russian ammunition in Ukraine‘s armed forces have run out. This was announced by a source from Ukraine, and the US military confirmed the same, speaking to the French news agency AFP. U.S. sources say Ukraine is trying to continue the war with ammunition supplied from the West, NATO, and the United States.
Asked by an AFP journalist about Ukraine’s stockpiles of Soviet and Russian ammunition, the US military spokesman said simply “they [the ammunition] no longer exist”. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the United States is trying to mediate between Ukraine and countries of the former Soviet Cold War bloc to provide Soviet or Russian weapons, ammunition, and systems.
The claim that Soviet and Russian ammunition has been exhausted is confirmed by the fact that two days ago the Ambassador of Ukraine to Bulgaria addressed another question to the Bulgarian government regarding the supply of weapons and ammunition. Until now, Ukraine only asked Bulgaria to repair damaged weapons [Bulgaria has several repair plants for heavily armored vehicles].
Statements by US officials are also confirmed by Ukraine. According to the statement of the Deputy Director of Defense Intelligence of Ukraine Skibitsky, Ukraine uses 5-6 thousand artillery shells every day in the war, which is mainly in the Donbas. Skibitsky, emphasizing that the war in Donbas was artillery, said that the ratio of artillery systems between Russia and Ukraine is about 10-15 to 1 in favor of Russia.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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