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Ukraine obtains unconventional answer to 122mm ammunition supply problem

8th September 2022 - 09:12 GMT | by Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo in Milan

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Image showing 122mm projectiles originally from Pakistan. (Photo: Twitter/Ukraine Weapons Tracker @UAWeapons)

Ukraine has apparently obtained 122mm rounds from a circuitous route involving Pakistan, the UK and Romania or Cyprus.

In early June, a shortage of Soviet-era artillery ammunition hit the Ukrainian military, which left its forces in a highly vulnerable position as they were unable to match Russia’s daily firing rate of up to 60,0000 rounds (this was before widespread HIMARS strikes began to hit Russian ammunition dumps in occupied Ukraine).

The West faced a similar problem as its own stocks began to deplete, so it got creative and sought help from an unexpected third party: Pakistan.

Over the course of 15 days (6-21 August), the UK RAF conducted a dozen  C-17 Globemaster III flights from Romania (Cluj

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Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo

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Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo is a freelance security and defense reporter based in Milan, Italy. She covers …

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