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Why US Fails to Plan Sustainment for Arms in Ukraine

© Sputnik / Go to the mediabankDestroyed Ukrainian military hardware in Avdeyevka. File photo
Destroyed Ukrainian military hardware in Avdeyevka. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.02.2024
The US and its allies do not think twice before sending weapons designed only for short-term use to the Kiev regime, military expert and retired colonel Anatoliy Matviychuk told Sputnik.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) provided Ukraine with Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, M1 Abrams tanks, and Patriot air defense interceptors last year without a long-term sustainment plan, according to the Pentagon’s Inspector General Robert Storch.
He warned that even though the DoD is currently working on developing such a plan, "the lack of foresight in this matter is concerning, and should be rectified promptly."

The fact that the Pentagon failed to plan the upkeep for the above­mentioned military hardware had and will have far-reaching consequences for the Ukrainian army, military expert and retired colonel Anatoliy Matviychuk told Sputnik.

As an example, he referred to the recently liberated town of Avdeyevka, where the Bradley armored vehicles were earlier “simply drowned in the mud”, failing to move forward.
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"As for the Abrams tanks, you can see them [Ukrainian command] fearing to let the tanks appear on the battlefield because they are afraid that we will intercept them, and that they will be unable to move through the mud. The result is clear. They [Ukrainian forces] suffered huge losses in men and materiel, while the Russian advance on various areas," Matviychuk said, in an apparent nod to Kiev's botched counteroffensive.

He explained that the Bradleys’ performance ­in Avdeyevka – as well as the no-show of the Abrams – are only natural because "plenty of efforts are needed to maintain these computerized military hardware pieces and prepare them for firing."
When it comes to the shortage of spare parts and trained personnel for Ukraine’s Western-supplied military equipment, one should also bear in mind that these weapons are clearly not designed for long-term use, according to the Russian expert.

"I believe that the Americans, for example, provided the Kiev regime with the military hardware that they don’t need themselves. They rubbed their hands, saying that that they had delivered it to Ukraine, where it would be utilized and they would not have to pay a recycling fee," per Matviychuk.

He recalled that as for high-end tanks, such as the Abrams, their entire engine life support system needs to be purged every 12 hours of operation because the engine can break down. "And if the engine breaks down, the full-fledged replacement is needed, work that Ukrainians won’t be able to do on their own," the expert added.

When asked how it happened that Washington sent expensive weapons to Kiev without mapping out a maintenance plan, Matviychuk explained that the Pentagon "initially planned to deploy the so-called service system in Poland, a scenario that was finally scrapped after the Poles quarreled with [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky" over the grain supplies.

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