The United Kingdom has been one of the most active participants in a proxy war between Ukraine and Russia, offering up large amounts of military and humanitarian aid to the embattled country.
The UK is the second largest donor of military aid to Ukraine, giving over $2 billion and pledging to train tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers over the next year.
Their stance as Ukraine’s most committed supporter in Europe has certainly drawn the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has had a tense relationship with the UK for years.
Still, an ex-British General warned that the country would not fare well in a hot war with Russia, going so far as to say that the country could run out of ammunition after just one day of conflict.
The issue comes as the British defense ministry has had its budget repeatedly cut by the government.
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The British military’s supply of ammunition would run dry in just one day in a direct engagement with Russia as a result of years of spending cuts to the nation’s defence, a former top general has warned.
General Sir Richard Barrons, who formerly served as the Joint Forces chief, claimed that spending cuts have depleted the British military to such an extent that, in a hot war with Russia, the UK would run out of ammunition and artillery shells within just one day.
According to research conducted by The Sun newspaper, the United Kingdom’s ammunition plants would need at least one year to produce the amount of shells currently used by the Ukrainians in their conflict with Russia.
“This is truly shocking. But it is true. And we must fix it,” General Barrons wrote. “The UK spends more on defence than any EU ally and our brave Armed Forces have long been one of Britain’s most influential levers around the world.”