Ukraine almost out of ammunition, intelligence official says

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Ukraine is quickly running out of ammunition as they continue to retreat against the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian deputy chief of military intelligence Vadym Skibitsky said in an interview that the violent conflict has exhausted the majority of Ukrainian artillery.

Skibitsky said overseas contributions supplied the frontline fighting, but Ukraine was still seriously under-prepared compared to their enemies.

“Everything now depends on what” [the west] gives us,” Skibitsky said in an interview with the Guardian. “Ukraine has one artillery piece to 10 to 15 Russian artillery pieces. Our western partners have given us about 10% of what they have.”

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In this photo, released by the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service, released on Sunday, June 5, a Russian Army Pion artillery system fires at a target in an undisclosed location in Ukraine.
(Press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense via AP)

The US, along with its allies, has provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in aid and weapons to defend itself against Russian President Vladimir Putin invasion.

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“We have almost all our [artillery] ammunition and now use 155-caliber NATO standard grenades. Europe also supplies lower caliber grenades, but as Europe runs out, the quantity gets smaller.”

Allied leaders are still with Ukraine: last week President Biden said: the US plans to send to the country advanced missile systems and ammunition that will allow it to more accurately hit key targets on the battlefield and pledged that it will not pressure Ukraine into making concessions.

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A soldier fires a howitzer rifle during artillery exercises of the Eastern Operational-Territorial Command of the National Guard of Ukraine, Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine.

A soldier fires a howitzer rifle during artillery exercises of the Eastern Operational-Territorial Command of the National Guard of Ukraine, Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine.
(Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

European and other allied countries have received millions of refugees displaced in the conflict in which Russia has been accused of war crimes against civilians. The US has said it is ready to take in about 100,000 refugees.

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And while videos and images of alleged atrocities have shocked the world, domestic crises and nearly three and a half months have drawn attention to the biggest war in Europe since World War II. Now Kiev officials are concerned about international ‘war fatigue’.

Brie Stimson of Fox News contributed to this report.

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