by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – The United States and NATO countries are in the midst of a “mad scramble” to restock their own weapons arsenals while continuing to give phenomenal amounts of military aid to Ukraine to fight Russia, the New York Times reported Saturday,
According to the NYT report, US and NATO countries were not prepared for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and their weapons supplies have been emptied by sending arms to Ukraine at a rate not seen since World War II.
“A day in Ukraine is a month or more in Afghanistan,” Camille Grand, a defense expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, told the NYT.
NATO forces in Afghanistan NATO forces possibly fired some 300 artillery rounds, whereas Ukraine fires thousands of rounds a day – while still remaining vulnerable to aerial bombardment from Russia.
The NYT noted that the challenge facing NATO countries of keeping up with Ukraine’s demand for a massive and constant flow of weapons could be a decisive factor in the war, which has raged for nine months already.
“In Ukraine, the kind of European war thought inconceivable is chewing up the modest stockpiles of artillery, ammunition and air defenses of what some in NATO call Europe’s “bonsai armies,” after the tiny Japanese trees,” the NYT said in its report.
“Even the mighty United States has only limited stocks of the weapons the Ukrainians want and need, and Washington is unwilling to divert key weapons from delicate regions like Taiwan and Korea, where China and North Korea are constantly testing the limits.”
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