“230 tanks and 1,550 armored vehicles delivered to Ukraine”, according to Jens Stoltenberg
“Allies and allies of the US-led Contact Group have sent Ukraine 230 tanks, 1,550 armored vehicles and a significant amount of ammunition, or 98% of the promised equipment to equip nine new armored brigades”NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement during a press conference with Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. “Overall, the Ukrainians have the capabilities to take back more territory”, said the head of the Atlantic Alliance. Indeed, Jens Stoltenberg has made the call “Never Underestimate” Russia: “Russian forces may lack quality, but they make up for it in size, and Moscow continues to mobilize more personnel. » “As long as we stay with Ukraine, we will provide what it needs”The Norwegian official promised.
Since the start of the Russian offensive in February 2022, NATO members have supplied Soviet-made air defense systems, artillery and MiG-29 fighter jets to Poland and the Czech Republic. They have trained tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers on weapons used by NATO forces.
But despite this estimate of 98% of the promised equipment already delivered – which is difficult to confirm – some key weapons will not be delivered for months or cannot be used, including training.
The Pentagon said in March that the US would deliver only Abrams tanks in the fall. In principle this should happen only after a Ukrainian counter-offensive. And much of the equipment supplied replaced old ones that had been destroyed in the war since the start of the war.
In addition, Ukraine is in dire straits with its ammunition reserves, with daily use exceeding supply rates and forcing Kiev units into a form of combat rationing. “Recently Leaked Secret Documents From US Defense Department Warn Virtually No Ukrainian Air Defense Missiles”wrote Mark Ganzian of the US think tank CSIS on Tuesday.
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