NY Times: Bulgaria Supplied Arms to Ukraine Through US Company – Novinite.com
Bulgaria and five other countries sell Soviet weapons and ammunition for Ukraine via the American company Ultra Defense Corp., based in Tampa, Florida, according to an analysis by the New York Times. The company works with arms factories in BulgariaRomania, Bosnia, Serbia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, which supply the so-called “not standard ammunition“. They do not meet US and NATO standards, but are used by armies such as Ukraine and those that rely on Soviet weapons.
These countries supply about 90% of all ammunition that the Pentagon buys to help the countries it supports. The Pentagon’s non-standard ammunition program was created after a 2008 article in The New York Times in which journalists exposed illegal sales of defective Chinese ammunition. ammunition to US allies in Afghanistan, although China is on the list of embargoed countries.
According to the New York Times, the current chairman of the Ultra Defense Corp. Matthew Herring is in Poland near the border with Ukrainewhere he is researching this ammunition and weapons his company can provide. Yesterday the Bulgarian opposition party GERB showed bills of lading for two flights carrying weapons by Ukrainian plane to a Polish company, and the cargo was delivered to an airport 100 kilometers from the border.
Now, Bulgaria has not made a political decision on whether to officially help Ukraine with weapons and ammunition. This is also a reason for political attacks, because yesterday the head of GERB Boyko Borissov announced that we were supplying such goods to Ukraine through intermediaries for a long time, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Kornelia Ninova accused him of lying.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov called Bulgarians, until a political consensus is reached on the issue, to help Ukraine financially by transferring money to a bank account, so that the country can buy ammunition.
Yesterday it was also agreed that Defense Minister Dragomir Zakov would take part in a discussion today on Ukrainewhich will be held at the American base “Ramstein” in Germany and in which the American Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin will participate.
On Sunday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in Kyiv that Ukraine would receive direct and indirect military aid worth more than 0 million. Another 0 million will go to other NATO members.
The new funding is different from previous U.S. assistance for Ukraine – he does not understand weapons from US military depots, but the money countries can use to buy the weapons they need.
Additionally, Washington approved the sale of 5 million rounds of ammunition.
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