The US announced on Tuesday that it has awarded more than half a billion dollars worth of contracts to purchase 155mm artillery shells for Ukraine.

The Pentagon said contracts with Northrop Grumman and Global Military Products were signed in late January for a total of $552 million. The US Department of Defense added that they expected to receive the first such order in March.

The announcement comes at a time of growing concern over the depletion of weapons and ammunition stockpiles in Western countries led by the United States, after they were forced to withdraw a huge amount of stockpiles intended for their armed forces last year to help Kiev resist Russia. .

And the Pentagon contracts pursue a different policy that ensures that US Army stockpiles are not affected, since weapons and ammunition destined for Ukraine will be produced directly for that country, subject to payment of the US bill.

And in eastern Ukraine, the Russian and Ukrainian armies can fire thousands of rounds a day, with the Russians able to fire up to 20,000 rounds a day, a US official estimated in November.

On Monday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that Ukraine is using more ammunition in the war against Russian troops than NATO countries can produce. “This is depleting our stocks and putting pressure on our defense industry,” he said.

Briton killed in Ukraine

It comes after the UK announced on Tuesday that one of its citizens had been killed in Ukraine, bringing the number of Britons killed in that country to eight since Russian forces launched their military operation almost a year ago.

A British Foreign Office spokesman said: “We support the family of the British citizen who died in Ukraine and are in contact with local authorities.”

Since the outbreak of the war on February 24, 2022, a number of Britons have come to the country to fight for the Ukrainian forces or to take part in humanitarian assistance.

Among them are Christopher Barry and Andrew Bagshaw, who were killed while trying to carry out a humanitarian evacuation from the city of Solidar, which witnessed violent clashes and was heavily bombed in early January.

The Ukrainian authorities then said that their bodies were found during the exchange of prisoners between Kiev and Moscow.

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