The European Union is set to provide Ukraine with another injection of $1.1 billion in ammunition so it can continue to exchange deadly volleys with Russia.
“We are in war times and we have, I am sorry to say, a war mentality.” Josep Borrell, the EU foreign-policy chief, said, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Thierry Breton, the European Internal Market Commissioner, told DW that the “European industry is not adapted for the needs of a high-intensity conflict.”
“Our defense industry must quickly switch to ‘war economy’ mode,” he said.
Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s minister of defense, said it is his hope that the EU could provide one million 155 mm caliber shells, which he said will allow his country to defend against Russian advances and stage counter-offensives.
He joined an informal meeting last week in Stockholm and said air defenses are the country’s top priority. He said Russia launched more than 800 missiles into the country since the 24 February 2022 invasion. He also said his other priority is “munitions, munitions, and more munitions,” according to Ukrinform, the Ukrainian news outlet.
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on how peace negotiations have been banned. (See “CHINA’S CEASEFIRE PITCH IN UKRAINE DENOUNCED BY THE WEST AS PRO-RUSSIAN SABOTAGE”28 Feb 2023, “GERMANY’S CHIEF WAR HAWK CONFIRMS CELENTE’S FORECAST: EUROPE IS AT WAR WITH RUSSIA” 31 Jan 2023 and “TOP EU LEADERSHIP VISITS KYIV TO PROMOTE MORE WAR, LIES ABOUT A FUTURE UKRAINIAN UTOPIA” 7 Feb 2023.)
Show Us the Weapons
Reznikov said Ukraine will need about 250,000 artillery shells a month, and a shortage means his forces are only firing about a fifth of the rounds he said they would ordinarily employ.
Jens Stolenberg, the NATO head, said last month that the war is consuming an enormous amount of ammunition and “depleting allied stockpiles.”
“The current rate of Ukraine’s ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production. This puts our defense industries under strain. For example, the waiting time for large caliber ammunition has increased from 12 to 28 months,” he said.
TRENDPOST: Ukraine is burning through ammunition at a faster clip than the West can produce them. Russia is firing up to 20,000 shells per day into Ukraine. To put that number into perspective, the U.S. can produce 20,000 rounds a month at the current rate.
The New York Times reported that the U.S. has already provided Ukraine with a million 155-millimeter artillery shells and is backfilling them in part with purchases from South Korea.
The big beneficiaries from war are politicians and their overlords in the military-industrial complex. Need more proof? As we have noted, Lloyd Austin served on the board of directors of Raytheon, America’s second-largest defense contractor before Joe Biden appointed him as U.S. Defense Secretary.
War Hawks on Parade
Colin Kahl, undersecretary of defense for policy, told Congress last week that the “Ukraine conflict showed that, frankly, our defense industrial base was not at the level that we needed it to be to generate munitions.”
“Those are going to matter a year from now, two years from now, three years from now, because even if the conflict in Ukraine dies down, and nobody can predict whether that will happen, Ukraine is going to need a military that can defend the territory it has clawed back,” he said, according to ABC News.
Doug Bush, the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, told the outlet that he believes the U.S. has been able to keep up with the demand.
“No other country has done what the United States has done here, in terms of having the stocks in advance, having them in the right condition to provide for our ally, moving them there, and sustaining them,” he said.
Endless war, it’s the American way.
As evidenced by who the media interviews, only those selling the war and supporting the U.S./NATO narrative are permitted on the mainstream news. Those, such as us who forecast that Ukraine is losing the war and Russia will get what it wants, are banned.