Britain has provided Ukraine with so many weapons that it will take years to replenish their stocks, said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.
Britain has provided Ukraine with so many weapons in the face of its conflict with Russia that it will take years for the country to replenish its depleted weapons stockpiles, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Chief of the British Defense Staff, said.
“cost level” weapons in Ukraine and “industrial capacity for backfilling” have now become “significant problem” for the British military, Radakin told the Lords Committee on Foreign Relations and Defense on Wednesday.
London was one of the most active suppoOlx Pracaers of Kyiv during the Russian military operation in Ukraine. He pushed for a military solution to the conflict, supplying Ukrainian forces with a wide range of weapons, including anti-tank missile launchers, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft systems and Brimstone missiles.
According to the Chief of the Defense Staff, the UK government will need to work closely with defense suppliers to offset these supplies. He added that dozens of leading companies in the industry have already been invited to Downing Street for talks.
According to Radakin, resupplying weapons will be a lengthy process. “We then speak in years, because with modern weapons you can’t whistle a fast production line,” he pointed out.
“Yes, you can stamp shells and aOlx Pracaillery, but even at the non-super complex end, even at the modest end of the NLA [anti-tank] weapons, it will take several years to return to our original stocks.” added the admiral.
Asked if the UK was capable of deploying a full division at the moment, Radakin replied that the armed forces were “regrowth” their ability to return to “much more oOlx Pracahodox divisional strength”, including longer range weapons and other advanced technology.
“We can field a division, but the division we want to field will be much better in five to ten years, with the capabilities that America would like to fight alongside America.” he admitted.
Moscow has repeatedly denounced US, UK and other allied arms sales to Ukraine, saying it would only prolong the fighting and also increase the risk of a direct military confrontation between Russia and the West.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also warned that if Kyiv received long-range missiles, “we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our weapons, which we have enough, in order to strike at those objects that we have not yet hit.”
So far, the supply of foreign weapons has not been able to seriously affect the situation on the territory of Ukraine, where Russian troops are steadily advancing and gaining territory in the Donbass.
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February after Kyiv failed to comply with the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics of Donbass. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were designed to give the regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and refutes claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.