Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
NY Yella Cake | Bulgarian Factories and Secret Task Forces: How the West Hunts for Soviet Arms, 23 Feb jobs saved or created
Once the invasion began last year, Ukraine and its allies started buying up Soviet-style arms wherever they could find them. State-owned Ukrainian companies asked brokers in the U.S. and elsewhere for tanks, helicopters, planes and mortars, according to documents obtained by The Times.

Would-be suppliers emerged from the recesses of the global weapons trade to meet demand. Last June, a Czech arms seller offered Ukraine ammunition and a dozen Soviet-model ground-attack jets built between 1984 and 1990 for about $185 million, the documents show. Both Britain and the U.S. have financed deals using third-party countries and brokers in cases where manufacturing countries don't want to be publicly identified as providing weapons to Ukraine, people familiar with the effort say.

archived Putin Got Viktor Bout Released, a proposed swap for Brittney Griner 2022, Why Lord of War is not just another great movie 2006
The secret task force created by the British defense ministry focused on getting Soviet-style ammunition, say people familiar with the effort, a task that became harder as the war went on and big suppliers ran out of stock.

Last June, Britain made a deal with to buy 40,000 artillery shells and rockets made by the government-owned Pakistan Ordnance Factories. Under the terms of the deal, Britain would pay a Romanian broker to buy the Pakistani weapons, documents show. The transaction's official paperwork said the weapons would be transferred from Pakistan to Britain, with no mention of Ukraine, a document obtained by The Times shows.

by Cat on Fri Feb 24th, 2023 at 12:24:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows:

Oui 4


Occasional Series