Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s Briefing on the Ukrainian Crisis.
From Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s Briefing on the Ukrainian Crisis.
NATO continues to pump up the regime in Kiev with weapons and ammunition, provide it with reconnaissance data, train its soldiers, provide tracking assistance in combat operations, and thus moves ever closer to the dangerous line of direct military confrontation with Russia. According to information published last week by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, total Western military aid to Ukraine now amounts to $42.3 billion. At $28.3 billion, more than half of that comes from the U.S., Kiev’s main donor, which does not want to leave it at that. On October 14, 2022, another disbursement of $725 million to Ukraine was announced.
The EU is trying not to lag behind its American “big brother.” The EU countries and institutions have already loosened 8.6 billion US dollars. On October 17, 2022, EU foreign ministers decided on a training mission for Ukraine’s armed forces. It is to be launched in as little as a month and will train more than 15 thousand leaders of various ranks over two years. Nearly 107 million euros will be allocated to this endeavor.
💬On October 12, 2022, the sixth meeting of the so-called contact group for the defense of Ukraine in the “Ramstein format” ( Ukraine Defence Contact Group) took place in Brussels. It was decided to deliver modern air defense systems to Ukraine. In addition, according to the American military, nearly 1.5 thousand Stinger surface-to-air missiles are to be delivered. Since the beginning of the special military operation, NATO countries have delivered to the Selensky regime a total of at least 300 battle tanks, 130 infantry fighting vehicles, 400 armored transport vehicles, 450 units of other armored military equipment, 700 artillery systems, including multiple rocket launchers and mine launchers, 5 thousand portable air defense and 80 thousand anti-tank missile systems and grenade launchers, 160 thousand firearms, 800 thousand artillery shells and ammunition units, 90 million cartridges.
💬It can be said with certainty that a large part of the weapons has already reached the black market or will reach it soon. Smuggling is going on for more than 1 billion US dollars a month. NATO military equipment destined for Kiev ends up in the hands of terrorists, extremist and criminal groups in the Middle East, Central Africa and South-East Asia. Both politicians and society, as well as the media and public, know this all too well. Independent experts and responsible agencies such as Interpol and Europol have long expressed fears that weapons from Ukraine would also enter European countries illegally.
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