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Rebuilding UK arms stockpiles could take ‘years’, military chief warns – Reuters

The UK has given so many weapons to Ukraine that it will take years to replace its stockpiles, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin has said.

The UK has given so many weapons to Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia that it will take the country years to replace its depleted stockpiles of weapons, says Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, chief of staff. British Defense Staff.

The “spending rate” arms in Ukraine and the “industrial capacity to backfill” have now become “an important issue” for the British military, Radakin told the Lords International Relations and Defense Committee on Wednesday.

London was among the most active supporters of kyiv during the Russian military operation in Ukraine. He insisted on a military resolution to the conflict, supplying Ukrainian forces with a wide range of weapons, including anti-tank rocket launchers, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft systems and Brimstone missiles.

The UK government should work closely with defense contractors to offset these deliveries, the Chief of the Defense Staff said. A dozen major companies in the sector have already been invited to Downing Street for interviews, he added.

Rebuilding UK arms stockpiles could take ‘years’, military chief warns – Reuters

According to Radakin, replenishing the stockpiles of weapons will be a long process. “We then speak of years, because we cannot whistle, with modern weapons, a fast production line”, he underlined.

“Yes, you can produce shells and artillery, but even at the not super sophisticated end, even at the modest end of an NLAW [anti-tank] weapon, it’s going to take several years to get back to our original stocks,” added the Admiral.

When asked if the UK was capable of deploying a full division at the moment, Radakin replied that the armed forces had been “repelling” their ability to return to “a much more orthodox divisional force,” including longer range weapons and other modern hardware.

“We can create a division, but the division we want to create is much better in a kind of five to ten years, with the capabilities that America would want to fight alongside America,” he recognized.

Moscow has repeatedly denounced the supply of arms to Ukraine by the United States, the United Kingdom and other allied countries, saying this will only prolong the fighting, while increasing the risk of a direct military confrontation between Russia and the West.

Rebuilding UK arms stockpiles could take ‘years’, military chief warns – Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also warned that if kyiv is equipped with long-range missiles, “we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our weapons, of which we have enough, to hit the objects we have not yet hit.”

So far, foreign arms deliveries have not been able to seriously affect the situation on the ground in Ukraine, with Russian forces steadily advancing and gaining land in the Donbass.

Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, after kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk . The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give the regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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