Are Seized Iranian Weapons Finding their Way to Ukraine?

  • By Bureau
  • 12:11 PM, March 6, 2023
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Recent usage of Iranian weapons by the Ukrainian Army raised questions regarding the origin of these weapons.

Were they supplied to Kyiv by the U.S. and its Western allies from the stock of seized Iranian arms on their way to Yemen?

"In the past three months, seven major interdictions have resulted in U.S. and partner maritime forces seizing more than 5,000 weapons, 1.6 million rounds of ammunition, 7,000 proximity fuses for rockets, 2,100 kg of propellant used to launch rocket propelled grenades, 30 anti-tank guided missiles, medium-range ballistic missile components." - U.S. Navy Central Command on March 2, 2023

On Feb. 14 2023, the Wall Street Journal reported, "U.S. officials are looking at sending Ukraine more than 5,000 assault rifles, 1.6 million rounds of small arms ammunition, a small number of antitank missiles, and more than 7,000 proximity fuses seized in recent months off Yemen.”

The move could be prompted by NATO's rapidly depleting stock of weapons after giving them to Ukraine. “The war in Ukraine is consuming an enormous amount of munitions and depleting allied stockpiles. The current rate of Ukraine’s ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production.” - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Feb.