The United States is experiencing a shortage of stocks of weapons and ammunition due to the deliveries to Ukraine. This was announced on January 19 by retired US military intelligence officer Rebecca Koffler on Fox News.
“Now we are in a dangerous crisis and are experiencing a shortage of some of our weapons systems. In fact, we are in short supply. We don’t have enough (ATGM – Ed.) Javelin, we don’t have enough (MANPADS – Ed.) Stinger, and we don’t have enough 155mm ammunition,” she said.
Koffler stressed that the US Army cannot currently provide its own requirements for ammunition to train and maintain the competence of military personnel. It will take years to replenish the supply of weapons.
She specified that it would take up to 18 years to restock the Stinger and up to about eight years for the Javelin.
Thus, the former intelligence official noted, the United States pays too much attention to the situation in Ukraine, not paying attention to its own needs.
Earlier that day, the Pentagon announced a new $2.5 billion military assistance package to Ukraine. It was noted that the new package would include ammunition for the NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system (SAM), HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), air defense systems (air defense ) Avenger, 59 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and 90 Stryker armored personnel carriers (APCs).
On the same day, the head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, speaking of “specific figures” of assistance to the Kyiv regime, called the United States Ukraine’s best friend.
On January 17, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Washington would continue to provide all necessary military support to Kyiv, including by sending air defense (air defense) assets.
Western countries have stepped up military and financial support for Ukraine against the backdrop of a Russian special operation to protect Donbass. The decision to hold it was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of shelling by Ukrainian forces.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.