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The Reason Behind Kiev’s Delayed Ammunition and Weapons Supply Revealed by Media

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Moscow, March 19 – The Financial Times reported, citing sources, that the production of weapons and ammunition for Ukraine was delayed due to a shortage of explosives in the European Union.
“Given limited stocks of gunpowder, plastic explosives and TNT, the industry cannot immediately meet EU demands for Ukraine, no matter how much money is invested in solving this problem,” the newspaper wrote, citing European officials and manufacturers.
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The article notes that the conflict in Ukraine has exposed Europe’s “inadequate” arms stocks, as well as the weak production capacity of its enterprises. An unnamed German official told the paper that European countries were “not in a position to conduct large-scale military production.”
In particular, the Czech state company Explosia, one of the largest suppliers of explosives in Europe, said that its production of ammunition for 155-mm artillery pieces is operating “at full capacity” and will not increase in volume until 2026.
As the publication emphasized, the growing demand for weapons and ammunition in Europe may also lead to an increase in their prices, which have already managed to rise by a fifth over the past year.
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In light of this, the CEO of Fábrica Municiones de Granada (FMG), one of two Spanish manufacturers of 155mm artillery pieces, noted that the cost of basic materials for production had “doubled, and in some cases tripled,” the newspaper writes. According to him, today conventional projectiles cost 850 euros, which is almost 20% more than before the start of the special military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
According to the publication, another big problem is the fact that European manufacturers are not able to increase the production of explosives in the shortest possible time. In particular, the representative of the defense industry of the Czech Republic said that it would take at least three years to increase the production of gunpowder.
Representatives of the largest defense companies in Europe also say that their factories are “100% loaded,” and in view of this it is necessary “to start looking for (new places for military production – Ed.) In India, Korea and other countries, the newspaper writes.
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In February, the Financial Times reported that the conflict in Ukraine had devastated European arsenals and that defense ministers in several European capitals had been briefed on depleted arms stocks. According to the publication, warehouses and even “dumps” were completely empty.
Russia sent a note to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. He warned that as the West poured more and more long-range weapons into Ukraine, the special operation’s geographic targets were moving further and further from the current line. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the West should understand that supplying weapons to Ukraine will not enhance its security. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that the injection of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.
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