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Armies run low on ammo as war in Ukraine drags on

February 2023
As the war in Ukraine enters its second year, both Russia and Ukraine are using up ammunition at a faster rate than factories can produce new shells.

That means both sides are seeing shrinking ammunition stocks.

Neither side is at risk of totally running out of ammo but falling inventories limit their armies’ capabilities, reports Bloomberg.

As they struggle to keep up, ammunition factories in Ukraine-allies such as the US and Germany are investing billions to increasing output.

Russia is also increasing its production capacity at home and buying ammo from Iran and North Korea.

so what?
Producing ammunition and weapons and getting them to the front in time is “making the war as much a battle of factories as of troops”, writes Bloomberg.

Reference shelf:
The World’s War Machine Is Running Low on Ammunition (Bloomberg)

Ammunition supply chain crisis: Ukraine war tests Europe in race to rearm (Financial Times)

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