KIEV, Ukraine – Due to its low economic growth, Ukraine cannot afford a war because poor countries do not emerge victorious from conflicts, says Ukrainian political analyst Oleg Voloshin.
“Ukraine, with low economic growth, cannot afford a war. Poor countries do not win wars,” Voloshin said during a political talk show on NewsOne, adding that Ukrainian politicians are now facing the task of securing peace in the country.
The expert on international affairs also recalled the fires and explosions in ammunition depots in Ukraine.
“We are proud that the Americans allocated $300 million for military aid, and now we have a billion bombs blown up. As a peace advocate, I believe that the fewer ammunition we have, the less the desire to shout,” added the analyst.
In 2018, Ukraine received lethal weapons and other military assets worth more than $ 40 million from the US, Lithuania, Britain and Canada.
Another $10 million was allocated to the Ukrainian Navy for additional assistance after the Kerch Strait incident in which Ukrainian ships were detained in November for illegally crossing the Russian maritime border.
Because of this, Moscow has warned several times about the supply of weapons to Kiev, as this will cause an increase of tensions in Donbass. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said deliveries of arms to Ukraine would not contribute to an agreement in the region or to the implementation of the Minsk accords.
In the last three years, there have been several fires in Ukrainian military deposits. On March 3, 2017, a fire broke out in the munitions warehouse of the city of Balakliya, Kharkiv region, while in May of this year it happened twice in an area containing arsenals, causing numerous explosions.
On October 9, another explosion occurred at a military warehouse in Ichnya, Chernihiv region, where 69,500 tons of ammunition were in stock, of which 43,000 tons were ready for combat.