Stockpiles of weapons in Western countries, including the United States, have reached a critically low level due to supplies to Ukraine, and the ability to replenish them turned out to be very difficult, writes the French edition Le Monde.
«The West opened wide the gates of its arsenals for Ukraine, primarily the United States, which provided two-thirds of its military aid» the publication reports.
The article mentions more than one million projectiles, tens of thousands of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile launchers, UAVs and guided projectiles.
«As a result, the ammunition stocks of Western countries are depleting extremely quickly. Therefore, countries must use their critical reserves if they want to support Ukraine.» notes Le Monde.
Journalists refer to statements by a number of analysts that the stocks of certain types of weapons in the United States «have fallen below the level necessary for military planning and training.»
The newspaper also notes that the US authorities have requested from South Korea the purchase of 100,000 155-mm artillery shells to supply them to Ukraine. However, according to analysts, Seoul does not approve Washington’s request because it does not want to supply weapons to countries involved in the conflict.
Earlier it was reported that the arsenals of the US Army are depleted by the supply of military aid to Ukraine, so the command is accelerating the process of weapons acquisition to replenish them.