The UK has “nothing” left in its military stockpiles after sending weapons to Ukraine, The Times of London reported on Sunday, citing an anonymous Ukrainian military source.
The report said British and other European officials were “cranking through the gears” to ramp up weapons production to continue fueling the proxy war even though it’s clear Ukraine cannot win on the battlefield.
The report reads: “Britain’s military intelligence chiefs believe Ukraine cannot win the war against Russia in 2024 because it does not have the manpower or the weapons for a big battlefield breakthrough.”
Despite reality on the battlefield, some British officials believe NATO just needs “time” to ramp up arms production to beat Russian President Vladimir Putin. But time is clearly on Putin’s side as war fatigue is growing in the West.
President Biden has yet to secure the over $60 billion he’s seeking to fund the proxy war through 2024 as Republicans are holding out for a border deal. Republican leaders in Congress have said they plan to approve the Ukraine aid once they reach an agreement, but as time goes on, it will become more and more difficult to keep funding the war.
Officials in Europe are concerned that the US would no longer support Ukraine if former President Trump won the 2024 election. Trump has said he could end the Ukraine war, although he has sent mixed signals and was the first president to send “lethal” aid to Kyiv after he signed off on the delivery of Javelin anti-tank missiles in 2017.
A British source told the Times that Europe must continue the proxy war even if the US isn’t involved. “Can continental Europe afford to fold just because Trump says no more US dollars? I think most realize that Putin can’t be allowed to win as consequences for European security are grave,” the source said.
But the US is the biggest spender on the war by a huge margin, and the EU has previously acknowledged Europe can’t fill the gaps if the US withdraws its support. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s time may also be running out, as a former Ukrainian official told the Times he’s losing support.
The official said there is no war strategy in Ukraine and that Ukrainian men and women were being “sent to the front line to die.”