Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
16th June, 2016
The Ukrainian army is running out of ammunition. This statement was made by Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. At a meeting on the provision of the army he called for the creation of its own base for the production of ammunition.
At the same time, Turchynov complained that military-technical cooperation with new partners – US, EU, and NATO – is blocked.
At the time, Ukraine got almost all of its arsenal from Warsaw Pact countries. In 2005, the total mass of shells and rockets in the warehouses was estimated to be at 2.5 million tons. Now in Ukraine there is not one ammunition factory, and factories for the manufacture of gunpowder and explosives in Dnipropetrovsk and Pavlograd are in need of costly upgrades, according to RIA Novosti.