According to the Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs, Canada has begun to supply APU ammunition. In Kiev deny this information, but there are plenty of open data, indirectly confirming the information of official Moscow. What ammunition and what weapons, most likely, is it?
Canada began supplying ammunition to the Ukrainian authorities, and ammunition “without a doubt, fall into the conflict zone,” announced on Friday the representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, referring to some private data. She also expressed concern at the decision of Ottawa to extend for two years the mission of its military instructors in Ukraine. According to her, the canadian instructors “to train the Ukrainian military and then sent to Donbas.”
“We believe this decision and the actions of the government of Canada is extremely dangerous. They prevent a political settlement does not stop the fault of the Kiev authorities standoff,” she said. “Instead of having to put pressure on Kiev to force it to implement fully the commitments under the Minsk agreements, Ottawa frankly playing to the supporters of a military solution to the situation in the Donbass, and also encourages the continuation of bloodshed”, – quotes Zakharova, RIA “Novosti”.
We will remind, in 2015, Canada launched operation Unifier, in which Ukraine is constantly about 200 canadian military trainers.
In Kiev declare that don’t get ammo from Canada, writes “Interfax”. “This is not true. This statement is nothing but a cynical lie,” – said the head of the press service of the Ukrainian General staff Bogdan Senik Friday.
Chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal Fatherland” Victor murakhovski reminded that small arms in the United States and Canada in the same way as caliber and type of ammunition, the same standards used in many other Western countries. “Weapons under NATO 5.56 Ukraine has come from many sources, and it is not necessarily only M4. There and the German samples met the Belgian FN FAL and other exotic. But to call it any mass, I would not dare. Given that there’s an army of 170 thousand people, the share of imported samples under the 5.56 can be considered negligible,” – said murakhovski.
However, he called a well-known fact of the presence in Ukraine of foreign ammunition, which are suitable to the Soviet weapons, which is equipped with APU. Put him in some NATO countries like Poland, Bulgaria and some countries of the former Yugoslavia. Among them, the expert described a mortar mine of caliber of 82 and 120 mm. “These mines fired at the territory of the Republic of new Russia”, – said murakhovski the newspaper VIEW.
In itself the self-proclaimed DND believe that the supply of small arms to North America for the Mat to be quickly expanded. The expert from Donetsk Denis Seleznev also said that while the bill is only hundreds of pieces, including assault rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, pistols, a few pieces of heavy machine guns and large-caliber sniper rifles.
In his view, Canada may supply Ukraine – although “a small number” – ammunition for grenade launchers, which were also obtained from the United States. For example, we are talking about ammunition for small arms to NATO standards, 5.56 and 7.62 mm.
“Small arms Ukraine imports about a year. And now ammunition”, – Seleznyov told the newspaper VIEW. He said that armed APU have auto M4 carbines, created by the Americans based on the M16. “In the summer of 2016, the then U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry stated bluntly that the five countries supplying weapons to Ukraine. He openly said at a meeting of the Ukrainian government,” – said the spokesman, adding that among these five countries and Canada.
He is confident that the supply of arms in the near future will dramatically increase. Recall that in early January, ukroboronservis, which is part of the state Corporation “Ukroboronprom”, signed a Memorandum of cooperation with the American company Aeros of the organization of production M-16. According to Seleznev, most likely, this entire project – not that other, as a cover to legalize the massive transfers of small arms from the United States. “A year and a half ago began to appear the information, in particular, voiced by the representative of the Ministry of defence DND Eduard Basurin, that at least since the beginning of the summer of 2016 at the international centre of peacekeeping and security in the village of Starychi, Lviv region began delivery of American small arms”, – said earlier the Donetsk expert.
Then in January the foreign Ministry of Canada was headed by the Ukrainian origin Chrystia Freeland. She has repeatedly visited Ukraine, including in the midst of the confrontation on the Maidan in the winter of 2013/2014, without hiding his extremely hostile attitude towards Russia. If the data on the shipments are confirmed, it would be logical to assume that the solution Ottawa has taken with the direct involvement Freeland.