Weapons, ammunition – illustrative photo.
Washington – The US military is considering giving Ukraine thousands of seized Iranian rifles with more than a million rounds of ammunition, thousands of detonators and a small number of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine to defend against a Russian invasion. Reuters and The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported about it today.
In recent months, the US Navy seized several shipments of military equipment in the amount of tens of tons of ammunition, missiles and weapons from the hands of smugglers on the way from Iran to Yemen. The Shia Houthi rebels there are using these weapons to attack pro-government Yemeni forces and the Saudi-led coalition that supports the internationally recognized Yemeni government.
“The current rate of ammunition consumption in Ukraine is many times higher than the rate of our production, which creates pressure on our defense industry,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday. The United States has provided more than 100 million small arms rounds to Ukraine. According to the WSJ, the challenge for the administration of US President Joe Biden is now to find a legal justification for taking weapons and ammunition from one conflict and transferring them to another conflict. , namely 3,000 assault rifles, almost 600,000 rounds of ammunition and 20 anti-tank missiles on board the fishing boat.