UK weapons for Ukraine have ‘dried up’ – Telegraph

UK weapons for Ukraine have ‘dried up’ – Telegraph

The UK has run out of weapons to ship to Ukraine and may encourage different international locations to fill the hole, a senior navy supply informed The Telegraph on Monday. Nevertheless, studies counsel that EU and US stockpiles are simply as drained by the trouble to prop up Kiev.

“We’ve given away nearly as a lot as we are able to afford,” the supply stated. “We’ll proceed to supply gear to offer for Ukraine, however what they want now’s issues like air defence property and artillery ammunition and we’ve run dry on all that.”

The UK has spent £4.6 billion ($5.56 billion) on navy help for Ukraine since final February. In an op-ed in The Telegraph on Sunday, former Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated that he had requested Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to spend an extra £2.3 billion ($2.77 billion) earlier than leaving his put up final month.

The UK has already provided Ukraine with rocket artillery platforms, cruise missiles, àrmored automobiles, and principal battle tanks, amongst different kinds of weaponry. “We’ve given away just about all the things we are able to afford to present,” the navy supply stated, stating that the UK must maintain all of its Challenger 2 tanks to improve them to Challenger 3 specification. 

“Each tank we give away is one lower than we’ve” he stated. “Giving billions extra doesn’t imply giving billions of British equipment,” the supply continued, including that the UK may also play a task in “encouraging different nations to present extra money and weapons.”

Nevertheless, few different nations are ready to step up their efforts. Whereas the US has spent greater than $46 billion on navy help alone, Washington has round $1.6 billion remaining for Kiev, and the efforts of the administration of President Joe Biden to safe extra from Congress stay hampered by Republican opposition. The Pentagon has additionally warned that it lacks the cash to replenish weapons from its personal stockpiles which were despatched to Ukraine.

In Europe, Hungary continues to block a €500 million EU tranche of arms and ammunition for Ukraine, and a European official informed Politico on Monday that no EU state can contribute any extra weapons from their very own stockpiles with out endangering their safety. 

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has repeatedly known as for extra superior weapons – together with F-16 fighter jets and long-range missiles – from his Western patrons, declaring in August that “nothing will likely be sufficient” for Ukraine till his forces obtain a navy victory over Russia. 

Talking at a discussion board with arms producers in Kiev final week, Zelensky proposed that Western nations fund his navy with “confiscated Russian property.” Whereas the EU, US, and their allies have frozen tons of of billions of {dollars}’ value of Russian central financial institution holdings as a part of sanctions associated to the Ukraine battle, no authorized mechanism of seizing this cash has been discovered, and it stays in limbo in Western banks.

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