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The Pentagon denied reports that due to military assistance to Ukraine, US stockpiles of weapons are depleted, and combat readiness may be threatened.
“We are able to provide what we have provided, and still maintain our readiness as the armed forces»,— told reporters at a briefing unnamed representative of the military command. His words are published on the website of the US Department of Defense.
So the Pentagon spokesman responded to a request for comment on an article in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which said that the fighting in Ukraine and the supply of American weapons there “led to the depletion of certain types of ammunition in the United States.” At the same time, the article argues, the Pentagon is slow to replenish the arsenal, and this causes US officials to fear that the shortage could jeopardize the combat readiness of the US army.
Over the past six months, Washington has supplied Kyiv with 16 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), thousands of weapons, drones and other equipment. Most of these came directly from US stockpiles, an unnamed Pentagon official told the WSJ, leaving stockpiles of 155mm shells at “uncomfortably low” levels. level.
By mid-August, the volume of military aid that Washington allocated to Kyiv under the presidency of Joe Biden exceeded $10 billion. Reuters reported that the United States had prepared the largest package of — in the amount of about $3 billion. According to AP, the money will go to fund contracts for drones and other weapons, and this will allow Kyiv to strengthen the defense in the medium and long term, while previous deliveries were aimed at meeting urgent needs.
On the eve of The Washington Post reported that in the spring, after the United States began to provide Ukraine with howitzers and other heavy weapons that require a constant flow of ammunition, Washington increased the supply by sea. Delivering goods by air is faster, but sea transport allows you to transport more.
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