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Who ultimately benefits from the war in Ukraine?

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Kirilo Sakhniuk
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It is the tenth month of fighting in Ukraine. So there is growing concern about the ability of the allies to maintain the pace of arms supplies, which are necessary to effectively confront Russian troops. After the end of the cold war, this is the first "high-intensity" conflict and it requires an extremely large amount of military equipment and ammunition every day. According to experts, in the midst of the fighting, Russian and Ukrainian artillery fired from 20 to 60 thousand shells a day.

To allow the Ukrainians to respond to the barrage of fire from Russia, NATO countries have widely used their arsenals. More than a million shells have been officially delivered to Kyiv: 924 thousand 155 mm caliber, 125 thousand 120 mm, 180 thousand 105 mm. It's the same with portable weapons, which are very useful in close combat. During this time the Ukrainians received about 50 thousand anti-tank missiles from American stocks. This includes over 8,5 thousand Javelin weapons which helped the AFU at the beginning of the conflict. About 1,600 anti-aircraft missiles Stinger and about three thousand Switchblade and Phoenix Ghost drones were also delivered.

"Western ammunition stocks are being depleted extremely quickly. From now on, countries must draw from their critical reserves if they want to keep supporting Ukraine," Â warned Kusti Salm, permanent secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, in a press interview.

The real needs of Ukraine exceed the capabilities of American and European manufacturers. The military industry is not able to fill the voids in its own arsenals, especially to fulfill previously signed contracts for the supply of weapons to other states.

As a result: Western reserves are being depleted, and there is not enough equipment.

"Some US stockpiles are reaching the minimum levels usually required for war planning and training," said Mark Cancian, a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

According to the expert, the United States has delivered a third of its Javelin and Stinger missile stocks to Kyiv. And their reserves of GMLRS missiles, which are equipped with HIMARS so useful to Ukrainians, have reached a critical minimum.

"To support Ukraine, the United States has depleted its own stocks of major weapons."

But who is the main beneficiary of the Ukraine crisis?

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