DOD attacks weapons depots in Israel and South Korea to secure Ukraine

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The Pentagon has admitted to raiding weapons stockpiles in other countries to keep enough weapons in readiness, as well as to supply Ukraine.

Deputy Defense Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters Thursday that the Pentagon is taking weapons from stockpiles in Israel and South Korea to meet the demand for weapons in the war between Ukraine and Russia.

“We’re constantly delivering a variety of munitions, materials, capabilities and equipment to Ukraine, and part of that is making sure we can do it quickly. And we worked [Republic of Korea] and Israel when it comes to withdrawing our funds and communicating with them,” said deputy defense spokeswoman Sabrina Singh.

Asked if that meant the United States had no stockpile of weapons in the country, he said: “I wouldn’t say that. I mean, the secretary always said we’re not going to fall short. … We need to go to other sources, to other places to make sure we have what we need in Ukraine, and to replenish our own resources and work with partners and allies to replenish.

The New York Times Two days before his speech, the Pentagon announced that it was building up its stockpiles in Israel “to meet Ukraine’s urgent need for artillery shells in the war with Ukraine.” The fund is intended to provide access to the Pentagon during conflicts in the Middle East, as well as to Israel in an emergency, the newspaper reported.

The Time describe:

With US stockpiles stretched and US arms manufacturers still unable to keep up with Ukraine’s battlefield operations, the Pentagon has turned to two other sources of ammunition to fill the gap: one in South Korea and another in Israel. Not previously reported in Ukraine.

Breitbart News reported last week that the United States is having trouble maintaining its own supplies, securing Ukraine, and replenishing its supplies and those of allies who supply arms to Ukraine, a fact publicly acknowledged by its own people named by the Biden administration.

Navy Secretary Carlos del Toro recently told reporters that arming Ukraine and the U.S. Navy would be “difficult.” It comes after the commander of the US Navy expressed his displeasure at the lack of targets for defense contractors to deliver weapons and that he wants to help Ukraine, but “not in a way that destroys me and takes me back to the dark ages”.

The United States used its funds in Israel, creating a diplomatic dilemma. Israel refused to supply arms directly to Ukraine, fearing that it would damage its relations with Moscow. If Israel arms Ukraine, Moscow fears it could retaliate in Syria, where Israel has carried out airstrikes against Iranian and Hezbollah forces and where Russia has troops.

File/Ukraine’s military fires Javelin anti-tank missiles delivered as part of United States security assistance to Ukraine on February 11, 2022 at Boryspil airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

Initially, Israel also did not want to be seen as a participant in the arming of Ukraine if the Pentagon removed weapons from the warehouse. Half of the 300,000 artillery shells aimed at Ukraine have been sent to Europe and will pass through Poland. Time.

A senior US official told the newspaper that the US has so far sent or promised to send more than 155mm shells to Ukraine, with a “significant portion” coming from stockpiles in Israel and South Korea.

In addition, South Korea was more willing to work with the United States on stockpiles, but opposed direct shipments of artillery shells marked “ROK” or Republic of Korea, in violation of South Korean arms export regulations. The Time announced that a compromise had been reached that artillery shells in Korean stockpiles would be sent to replenish American stockpiles elsewhere, and that the United States had agreed to purchase 100,000 new artillery shells from South Korea. South.

Ukraine currently uses 90,000 artillery shells a month, more than double the U.S. and Europe combined, officials have been told. Time.

According to the Pentagon, the United States has provided more than $27.4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including more than $26.7 billion since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

A day after Singh acknowledged that the Pentagon was pulling from stockpiles in Israel and South Korea, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pledged to continue supplies to Ukraine “as long as necessary.”

This was reported by Michael Kofman of the Naval Research Center Time, “The United States will make up the difference with its own stocks, but it’s definitely a solid decision. … It means the United States will take risks elsewhere.

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