It points out that Ukraine has long relied on its armed forces and is now struggling to acquire Soviet-era ammunition for its weapons.
The American newspaper New York Times states that the USA intends to procure grenades for Ukraine through an intermediary, and Serbia is among the countries where they will be looking for them.
In addition to Serbia, there are also Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Romania and Bulgaria , the newspaper said, referring to confidential sources. It also points out that Ukraine has long relied on its armed forces and is now struggling to acquire Soviet-era ammunition for its weapons.
That’s why they have to try to get ammunition in the ” rural” regions of Eastern Europe , the New York Times Index.hr reported.
– A year after the war, despite the influx of Western weapons, the Ukrainian military still relies primarily on weapons that fire Soviet-standard ammunition.
– The US and its allies from NATO do not produce that ammunition, and the few countries outside of Russia that do, are mostly located in the former Soviet orbit – the newspaper writes.
Furthermore, it is stated that because of this, Western countries are struggling to find alternative sources and are investing millions of dollars in workarounds, with which they would like to avoid political consequences and Russian retaliation against countries that have such ammunition.
As an example, it is stated that last year the expected export of weapons from Bulgaria increased and exceeded three billion dollars. That’s about five times more than foreign sales in 2019, according to Bulgarian government estimates from data collected in October.
– Bulgaria is hardly the only country that quietly contributes to Ukraine’s war efforts. Luxembourg also supplies Ukraine with weapons of Czech origin. Middlemen with cash from the USA are now searching factories in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Romania in search of grenades. Great Britain has formed a secret working group for arming Ukraine , according to a document obtained by the New York Times, which published it.
Source : Srbija Danas