The US transfers ammunition stored in warehouses in Israel to Ukraine
Pentagon is using stocks of American ammunition in warehouses in Israel to meet Ukraine's urgent need for artillery shells in war with Russia.
The New York Times writes about this with reference to American and Israeli high-ranking officials.
According to an informed source, the United States sent or promised to send Ukraine a little more than a million 155-mm shells. A large part of them - although less than half - are from warehouses in Israel, which were intended for use in conflicts in the Middle East.
The NYT noted that Israel initially refused to help Ukraine for fear of damaging relations with Russian Federation, but eventually agreed to the Pentagon's offer to transfer weapons from its warehouses.
"Israeli and American officials have reported that about half of 300,000 rounds of ammunition intended for Ukraine have already been sent to Europe and will ultimately be delivered through Poland," the publication writes.
Mass media notes that Ukrainian Armed Forces use about 90,000 artillery shells every month, which is about twice as much as the United States and European countries produce together. That's why little-known reserve warehouses went into action. According to two senior Israeli officials, the United States has promised Israel that it will replenish what it takes from warehouses on its territory and immediately send ammunition in case of major emergency.
On January 13, it became known that Israel has agreed to officially transfer to Ukraine smart missile and drone warning technologies that will help in war against Russia.
On November 21, 2022, Israel warned Russian authorities that if Iran began supplying Russia with ballistic missiles, Ukrainian army could receive high-precision ballistic missiles.