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Resupply of precision-guided munitions already difficult due to Russian sanctions – Pentagon

This was announced by a senior official of the US Department of Defense at a closed briefing for journalists.

“We have seen that they have already used a lot of high-precision weapons. They continue to hit Mariupol with a bunch of unguided bombs. Consequently, they have problems with the replenishment of precision-guided munitions. We believe that sanctions and export controls, especially when it comes to electronic components, have had an impact on the capabilities of the Russian defense industrial base and their ability to resupply,” said a Pentagon spokesman.

The official informed that US President Joe Biden has asked for another $5 billion in military support for Ukraine. “We would like to agree on this before the third week of May in order to continue support uninterruptedly,” he said.

The Defense Ministry spokesman also said that the United States has already delivered more than 85 of the 90 long-range M777 howitzers that were promised to Ukraine, as well as more than 110,000 of the planned 184,000 ammunition for them.

More than 310 Ukrainian soldiers have already received howitzer training, he said, and more than 50 more are continuing to receive training, along with a new separate two-week howitzer service course.

In addition, at least 20 Ukrainians have been trained with Phoenix Ghost drones, 60 Ukrainians have been trained in the use of M113 armored personnel carriers, and another 45 are completing training with this APC. Also, 15 Ukrainian military personnel have completed training on the use of the Q64 mobile air defense radar, and another group of Ukrainians is starting training on how to operate this radar.

The official added that over the past 24 hours, Ukraine received 13 arms shipments from seven countries to various transshipment points across the region, including 155 mm and 122 mm artillery ammunition, spare parts, Humvees, generators, and even two additional M777 howitzers. .

As reported, on May 9, the President of the United States Joe Biden signed the Lend-Lease Actwhich makes it easier to send military aid to Ukraine and Eastern European countries because of the war that Russia unleashed.

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At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on Ukrainian territory and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.

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