A high-ranking official in the Pentagon said today, Monday, that he did not reveal his name, that new shipments of weapons from the United States began arriving at the borders of Ukraine for delivery to the country’s army.
“Four flights arrived in the region from the United States yesterday, with different equipment,” the official announced.
A fifth flight is scheduled to arrive within the next 24 hours, “which will conduct five flights in an equal number of days” since the president took office. Last Wednesday, Joe Biden announced a new military aid worth $800 million (3.7 billion Brazilian reais). As for Ukraine, he emphasized.
Although the operation of the equipment is not much different from that used by the Ukrainian army, these guns used 155 mm projectiles, the same as those used by NATO countries (NATO), while Ukraine had only 152 mm projectiles, made by Russia .
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the first shipment arrived 48 hours after Biden agreed to help, an “unprecedented speed.”
Kirby said that the US military, which has been deployed on the eastern front of NATO since the beginning of the Russian invasion, will begin “in the next few days” to train the Ukrainian army to operate the M777 howitzers, the last generation of American artillery pieces. Countries handed over .. for the first time to the Ukrainian army.
However, Kirby clarified that the training will be held outside Ukraine. “A few Ukrainians will be trained to use howitzers and will soon return to their country to train their colleagues.”
In turn, Russian forces are beginning to feel the impact of the sanctions on their arms supplies, particularly guided missiles, according to a senior US Defense Department official.
Sanctions’ had an effect on the ability to [o presidente da Rússia, Vladimir] Putin is resupplying and re-equipment, especially with regard to components of precision-guided missile systems and missiles,” he said.
On the other hand, “We know that [os russos] He added that they are striving to retool their defense industry and are wondering how fast and to what degree they can speed up weapons production. “The sanctions have an impact on their ability to do that.”
The latest weapons use electronic chips whose main producers are Taiwan and South Korea, two US allies that have stopped the export of such products to Russia, in line with the sanctions imposed on Moscow due to World War II. Invasion of Ukraine.
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