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The Ukrainian war, the secret arms routes to Kyiv: this is how the United States and the European Union mock Russia

Rome, March 5, 2022. The weapons that Europe and America promised Kyiv to fight the war against Russia follow secret routes and, in some cases, go all the way back along the routes used by refugees fleeing Ukraine. Few know the ways, because Kremlin helicopters are patrolling the border and are ready to intercept suspicious vehicles. But how can ammunition and defense systems enter Ukraine, mocking Vladimir Putin’s army? And what exactly will come? (The article continues with the map) Promises more than twenty countries decided to arm Kyiv. The European Union has promised to spend 450 million euros to buy and ship arms to Ukraine. Germany, which before the invasion had given Volodymyr Zelensky 5 thousand token helmets, decided to send 1,000 anti-tank missile launchers, 500 Stinger missiles, 9 howitzers, 14 armored vehicles and 10 thousand tons of fuel. Little Luxembourg also did its part with jeeps, tents and rockets. Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom have promised to provide or send military aid. Then there is the United States, which has been supplying arms to Kyiv since 2017. HOW IT WORKS “The first challenge — The Economist notes — is acquiring the weapons. The defense-related industry is usually slow, harnessed through annual budgets and contractual wrangling, so it is likely that The weapons coming to Ukraine will be the ones that have already been approved, paid for and stockpiled. The United States has a huge surplus of weapons and military means destined for Afghanistan, which has not yet found a new mission.” Only by land before the outbreak of the war it was easy to transport missiles and ammunition: it was enough to store them on a plane and reach …

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