Defense MinisterAustinsudden visit on 20thukraineThe capital Kiev announced US$100 million in new military aid. But ahead of his visit, a Ukrainian official told ABC News that heGazaSince the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the corridor began in October, the number of NATO-standard artillery shells delivered by the United States to Ukraine has decreased by “more than 30%”.
The report pointed out that in Ukraine’s war against the Russian army, 155 mm artillery shells can be said to be the most important ammunition, and some US military stockpile artillery shells originally designated for the Ukrainian army were transferred to Israel. has shifted.
Although US officials have claimed several times in recent weeks that Israeli ammunition supplies will have no impact on the war in Ukraine, one Ukrainian official, requesting anonymity, said, “They (US officials) Told us it wouldn’t have any impact, but it did.” The supply of these critical shells “accounts for about 60 to 70 percent of Ukraine’s total supply,” the Ukrainian said.
However, a senior US defense official said the ammunition cut “has nothing to do with what is happening in Gaza.” He said the presidential entitlement package “began to be prepared weeks ago, so what happened in Gaza has no connection to what happened in Ukraine.”
ABC News reported that although Ukraine has received a variety of weapons from its Western allies, the Russian military still has significant battlefield advantages, such as greater artillery firepower, more explosive attack drones and better models, as well More fighter jets and attack helicopters. In recent weeks, efforts have also been made to seize the initiative on the battlefield.
Valery Zaluzny, commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said in a recent interview with The Economist that the Russia-Ukraine war is at a “stalemate.” When Austin gave a speech in Kiev on the 20th, he still stressed that the Ukrainian army is “a way to fight in the winter.”
However, in the wake of disagreements in the US Congress over aid to Ukraine, a Ukrainian official, who was interviewed anonymously, expressed concern about US arms supplies, saying, “We are in big trouble, basic ammunition. has not been delivered,” and warned Ukraine it risked “losing ground” at “a very high price.”