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Ukraine war proves weakness of Western weapons: Russian defense minister

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu addresses a speech during the Moscow Conference on International Security in Kubinka, in the outskirts of Moscow, on August 15, 2023. (AFP)

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says despite the West’s comprehensive arms supplies to Ukraine, the military resources in the country were "almost exhausted.”

Shoigu told a security conference in Moscow on Tuesday that the war in Ukraine exposed vulnerabilities in Western weapons systems that Moscow would soon share.

“In the special military operation, the Russian army has debunked many myths about the superiority of Western military standards," he added. 

Shoigu said that there was "nothing unique" about Western weapons and that they were not invulnerable to Russian arms on the battlefield.

For nearly 18 months, the United States and its Western allies have been supplying Kiev with weapons.

“The preliminary results of combat operations show that Ukraine's military resources are almost exhausted," Shoigu said, adding that he would soon share details about the weaknesses of Western weapons and that none were invulnerable.

 “We have data on… the destruction of German tanks, American armored vehicles, British missiles and other weapons systems," he said. "We are ready to share our assessments... with our partners."

He also accused Ukraine of repeatedly using civilian infrastructure to hide soldiers and heavy military equipment and that Kiev had shelled civilian settlements in eastern Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly warned that a continued supply of Western arms and military equipment for the Ukrainian military would only prolong the war.

West causing crises around the world: Lavrov

Speaking at the same conference on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of “causing crises in many countries” around the world.

Lavrov accused the US of undermining the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons through its support of Ukrainian forces in its conflict with Russia.

He said the West’s stance on the Ukrainian conflict “undermined international law and stability in all fields.”

Washington announced a new military aid package for Ukraine worth $200 million on Monday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the package included artillery rounds and dozens of tactical vehicles and mine-clearing gear.

The new weapons mark the 44th round of assistance since the conflict with Russia broke out last year.

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