Defense Express chief editor says Ukraine needs $1.5 trillion in military aid for war breakthrough

24 April, 06:20 PM
Ukrainian military near Chasovoy Yar, Donetsk Oblast, April 10, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko)

Ukrainian military near Chasovoy Yar, Donetsk Oblast, April 10, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko)

For a decisive breakthrough in Ukraine’s favor in the war, the country needs aid totaling at least $1.5 trillion, but obtaining such resources quickly is impossible, a defense expert has told NV.

 Oleh Katkov, the editor-in-chief of Defense Express, in his interview with Radio NV on April 24, said the figure reflects an understanding of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ total needs.

“In fact, if we take this approach, the calculations (regarding Ukraine’s needs) are absolutely correct,” said Katkov.

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“If we understand that Ukraine has already received over $50 billion in aid in just over a year, then ten times more, which is $1.5 trillion, would be enough to completely tip the balance of power in favor of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

“This will certainly make it one of the most heavily armed armies in the world, by all parameters.”

However, the analyst added that Ukraine’s allied states cannot provide assistance to the Ukrainian military on this kind of scale.

“As for the possibilities: it is objectively impossible for (partner countries) to increase their assistance by ten times,” said Katkov.

“This should be understood (simply) as an understanding of the actual needs when we talk about a war with the Russian Federation, which has invested several trillion dollars in its defense over the last 20 years,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the 11th meeting of over 50 military allies of Ukraine at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on April 21, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that the meeting participants had agreed to intensify the supply to Ukraine of air defense systems and their ammunition.

The head of the Pentagon also announced that in the past few months, Ramstein participants had provided Ukraine with over 230 tanks, more than 1,550 armored vehicles and other equipment, and ammunition to support more than nine new armored brigades.

Additionally, on the sidelines of the Ramstein meeting, a “Tank Coalition” meeting was held, and Poland signed a letter of intent to establish a technical service center for Leopard 2 tanks.

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