The USA and other backers of the NATO proxy war in Ukraine have not delivered sufficient tanks, artillery ammunition and other supplies that the country’s army needs for an anticipated spring offensive against Russia.
US military planners estimated that Kiev would need 253 tanks for the coming assault, but only 200 had been mustered by late February. Of those, 140 were Soviet designs while just 60 tanks of Western manufacture would be delivered by April, 2023.
The West is struggling to fulfill its pledge to supply Ukraine with tanks, air defense systems, fighter jets and other weapons, the New York Times claimed. Three Ukrainian brigades preparing for the attack were short at least a dozen tanks each as of February 28, 2023.
Washington DC has reportedly hastened the delivery of the 31 promised M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine, but they will supposedly not be ready before sometime later this year.
So far, a dozen or so British Challenger 2 tanks have already arrived, while most of the German-made Leopard tanks are still being refurbished.
Kiev’s supply of 155-millimeter artillery shells was down to 9,800 as of March 1, but the USA delivered another 30,000 over the next 12 days.
At this point, the Times noted, the Ukrainian appetite for artillery ammunition is essentially limitless while the EU and US industry will take years to catch up with the demand.
According to the outlet, the USA has only offered to supply Ukraine with Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB), which have a range of around 140 km, noting that they must first be built, and production of even a small batch could take months.
Meanwhile, there have been reports of the GLSDB already being used – and intercepted by Russian air defenses. The Pentagon has never officially confirmed the authenticity of classified briefing slides that surfaced on social media earlier this month.
At an April 10 White House briefing, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the documents were not intended for public consumption and had no business being on the front pages of newspapers or on television.
Over the next several days, the Times and Washington Post teamed up with the Western-funded open source investigations outfit Bellingcat to track down the source of the documents.
Following his arrest, the Times, Post, and other publications began reporting on the alleged contents of the documents trove.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2023.