Russia has been hitting the munitions depots and arsenals of Ukraine and its suppliers in Eastern Europe for years before launching a full-scale invasion. This material is published The Washington Post.
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According to Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar, Russia spends more than 60,000 shells per day, Ukraine – ten times less. At the same time, Ukrainian artillery needs shells of the same 122 mm and 152 mm calibers that the Russian army uses, but there are very few such ammunition outside of Russia.
The shortage of shells in Ukraine is largely due to the fact that for several years before the start of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia struck at places of storage and possible suppliers of ammunition, the newspaper writes.
The newspaper reports that an “invisible war” is going on in the world arms market for 152 mm caliber shells. According to an arms dealer, officials in an Eastern European country were unable to purchase such shells because the Russians had warned they would “kill them if they sold anything to the Ukrainians.”
At the same time, the countries that have retained stocks of 152 mm caliber shells are mainly the former republics of the USSR, as well as some states in Africa and the Middle East, many of which are hesitant to support Ukraine due to close ties with the Kremlin.
The arms dealer told the publication that in some cases, Russia was able to disrupt a deal that was practically concluded by Ukraine, when a front buyer outbid the price in the interests of the Russian Federation at the last minute.
- March 23, 2017 in military warehouses near the town of Balakleya in the Kharkiv region the fire startedwhich led to explosions of ammunition. suffered almost 4000 people.
- September 26, 2017 at the artillery warehouses of the Ministry of Defense near Kalinovka, 20 km from Vinnitsa, the fire startedaccompanied by explosions of ammunition. More than 30 thousand local residents were evacuated. In September 2021, the Attorney General Irina Venediktova statedthat the cause of these explosions was sabotage.
- October 9, 2018 caught fire arsenal near the village of Druzhba near Ichnia in the Chernihiv region, which led to explosions in ammunition depots.
- August 8, 2021 by Bellingcat Christo Grozev statedthat the group is investigating the connection of explosions at ammunition depots in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic with similar incidents in Ukraine.
- On September 27, the Czech Republic announced that suspects the GRU in involvement in the explosions at Czech military depots in 2014.
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