The Lebanese-flagged bulk carrier Brave Commander leaves the sea port of Pivdennyi with wheat for Ethiopia after restarting grain export, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the town of Yuzhne, Odesa region, Ukraine August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Igor Tkachenko

The war in Ukraine appears to be rapidly depleting American stocks of some types of ammunition. This is reported by the “Wall Street Journal”. Accordingly, the Pentagon is concerned that its own camps are only slowly filling up again. According to “WSJ”, the US Department of Defense even fears that the US military readiness could be endangered by the shortage.

The US has delivered 16 US HIMARS-type rocket launchers to Ukraine over the past six months, as well as thousands of rifles, drones, missiles and other equipment. Much of it, including ammunition, comes directly from US inventories, depleting stocks earmarked for unexpected threats, defense officials told US Media.

Among the most effective weapons that the US has supplied to Ukraine so far are howitzers firing 155mm high-explosive ammunition. A defense official was quoted by the US media as saying that stocks of 155mm combat ammunition in US military storage facilities have become “uncomfortably low” in recent weeks. The stocks are not yet critical, but only because the US is not involved in a major military conflict. “The stocks are not yet at the level that we need for a combat mission,” it said. (tsp)