why in Britain they report plans to supply Kiev with “more lethal” weapons – Teller Report Teller Report

The UK is considering sending “more lethal” weapons to Ukraine, in particular AS-90 self-propelled artillery mounts. This was reported by The Times newspaper. According to the publication, despite the significant age of the AS-90 howitzers, their potential transfer to the Kiev regime could mark the transition to a “new phase” of UK support for Ukraine. Experts and military political scientists note that if the delivery is carried out, London will thus get rid of obsolete weapons. Analysts also emphasize that the acquisition of the AS-90 self-propelled guns by Kiev will not have a significant impact on the combat capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told government members that he intends to transfer “more lethal” weapons to Ukraine for use against Russian troops participating in a special military operation. This was reported by The Times newspaper, citing government sources familiar with the content of the meeting of the British Cabinet, which took place on March 29.

During the meeting, the Chief of Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, Admiral Tony Radakin, said that the nature of support for the Ukrainian side should change, as the conflict allegedly moved into the mainstream of “more traditional military operations.”

He said the UK was moving into a ‘new phase’ in terms of support for Ukraine and the government was considering what military assets it could provide here.

Boris Johnson did not specify what kind of weapons London could transfer to Kiev. However, a source in the British defense establishment told The Times that Ukrainian troops need long-range batteries and heavy artillery to strike at Russian troops in the east of the country.

According to the publication, Ukraine can be supplied as long-range heavy artillery AS-90 self-propelled howitzers. At the same time, the source of the publication in the defense department noted that these systems are quite old and the British army was going to replace them with new ones. Also, The Times notes, this technique is difficult to master and will require the recall of the Ukrainian military from the front so that they can undergo the necessary training. At the same time, the British government is concerned that the supply of military equipment could lead to an escalation of the conflict, the newspaper writes.

Recall that London has previously supplied weapons to the Kiev regime. Yes, in At the beginning of 2022, the Ukrainian media, citing their sources, reported that the UK announced the supply of NLAW anti-tank grenade launchers to Ukraine. In addition, on March 24, Johnson’s office announced a decision to allocate £25 million to Kiev for military needs, as well as transfer six thousand missiles for anti-tank and high-explosive fragmentation systems.

“Impossible to put unnoticed”

The AS-90 is a British 155mm self-propelled gun. It was produced by the defense concern BAE Systems from 1992 to 1995. A total of 179 cars were produced, not counting prototypes.

In combat conditions, AS-90s were widely used in 2003 during the invasion of the United States and its allies in Iraq. From 2008 to 2009, self-propelled guns were upgraded.

The American defense publication Defense News reported that the AS-90 howitzers were to be replaced with new models by 2026, but then the deadline was postponed to 2029. In addition, according to the publication, a number of AS-90s will remain in service until 2032.

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In 2019, the Royal United Defense Research Institute (RUSI) released a report that noted the unsatisfactory condition of the British Armed Forces artillery.

“The British ground forces are completely behind in terms of weapon equipment and range, which is why enemy artillery can carry out fire missions with impunity. If conventional deterrence remains a key component of the UK’s national security strategy, then upgrading firepower should be a top priority,” Jack Watling, RUSI analyst, said in the report.

In an interview with RT, military expert Viktor Litovkin noted that the potential transfer of AS-90 self-propelled artillery mounts to Ukraine would not have a significant impact on the combat capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“British self-propelled guns, in accordance with NATO standards, use 155 mm caliber shells, while the Armed Forces of Ukraine use Soviet 152 mm caliber artillery. This means that the UK, along with these self-propelled guns, will somehow have to send a large number of shells to Ukraine, because there are no factories for the production of such ammunition there. It is simply impossible to carry out such deliveries imperceptibly: too large volumes of cargo must be sent for this plan to have at least some effectiveness, ”the expert noted.

It is obvious that the British authorities want to sell their old weapons to Ukraine, which are to be decommissioned, Viktor Litovkin added.

“Old weapons must be disposed of, because the warehouses are not endless and we need to free up space and infrastructure for new weapons. The military-industrial complex is constantly working. To dispose of old weapons, you need to create special enterprises, pay people money, and so on. You can immediately send everything to Ukraine, and the Russian army will dispose of everything for free. The warehouses are empty, and now they can be filled with new weapons, ”the interlocutor of RT explained.

Weapon question

Recall that Russia has repeatedly called on Western countries to stop pumping Ukraine with weapons. Moscow noted that this would not strengthen the position of the Kiev regime and its armed forces, but would only lead to new victims. So, this was announced in early March by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

“This will lead to even greater losses for Ukraine. This will lead to the spread of the same weapons in European countries, including those that now supply them, ”Zakharova wrote in her Telegram channel.

In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on March 12 that convoys with Western weapons in Ukraine could become targets for the Russian Armed Forces.

“We warned the United States that the orchestrated pumping of weapons from a number of countries is not just a dangerous move, it is an action that turns the corresponding convoys into legitimate targets,” the diplomat stressed.

The head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, also called the actions of the West on the supply of lethal weapons to the Kiev regime irresponsible.

“We consider irresponsible the position of the West, which supplies lethal weapons to Ukraine. Its uncontrolled distribution to the population and mercenaries only exacerbates the situation and in the future may create a threat to the Europeans themselves, ”said the head of the Russian defense department.

Russia has drawn fairly clear red lines for the West on the issue of arms supplies to Ukraine, Alexander Mikhailov, head of the Bureau of Military-Political Analysis, said in an interview with RT.

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“Russia is compiling its own list of unfriendly states, in the future these states will also be subject to sanctions from Russia, and they should not hope for further positive dialogue,” the political scientist emphasized.

The UK has a fairly developed military-industrial complex, which produces good equipment, so that, despite its age, it can cause significant damage on the battlefield, said Alexander Mikhailov. However, the Russian Armed Forces inflicted enormous damage on the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, so it is not clear how this equipment will be transferred to them, the expert added.

“It is not entirely clear how this will look in practice. Groupings of troops that are in “boilers” in the east of the country will not receive this equipment. In turn, its delivery to Western Ukraine will not solve any military-operational tasks. So it’s more of a political PR stunt. But if this equipment still somehow gets into the combat zone, then we will have to make serious decisions in order to neutralize this threat with the help of missile weapons and aviation, ”Alexander Mikhailov explained in a conversation with RT.

Such a move by Johnson’s cabinet would exacerbate the already difficult Russian-British relations, the expert added.

“In this case, they themselves bury our relationship in the ground. We have warned NATO states that any involvement in the conflict would mean a confrontation with the Russian Federation. With its actions, London aggravates the situation, destroys diplomatic channels and external relations. But I want to believe that the British authorities will be smart enough not to cross this particular red line, ”Mikhailov concluded.


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