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The Ukraine War Means Arms Sales Are Booming

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T-72 tanks from Poland. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Report Suggests Eastern European Arms Industry Is Booming: A report from Reuters revealed on Thursday how the Eastern European arms industry is producing artillery shells, guns, and other kinds of military equipment at a rate not seen since the Cold War.

Arms Flowing into Ukraine

The report reveals how Poland and the Czech Republic are also supplying Ukraine with substantial military aid, coming third and fourth behind the United States and the United Kingdom.

Ukraine is the primary benefactor of the rapid increase of arms production in eastern Ukraine.

However, Russia is also going over seas to get arms. The Kremlin now depends mainly on the support of North Korea and Iran to provide military equipment and supplies.

The report cites multiple government and private arms company officials claiming that the boom in arms production presents an opportunity for the region, suggesting that the conflict is becoming hugely profitable for some former Warsaw Pact countries.

Sebastian Chwalek, the CEO of Poland’s state-owned PGZ, said that there is a “real chance to enter new markets and increase export revenues in the coming years” when taking into account the “realities of the ongoing war in Ukraine” and the attitude of many countries now looking to increase their defense spending.

PGZ already controls over 50 companies that produce weapons and ammunition, but is now preparing to invest as much as $1.8 billion over the next 10 years.

The report indicates that not only are weapons manufacturers cashing in on the conflict, but that the expectation of experts is that the conflict will continue for the foreseeable future.

The dramatic increases in weapons production and spending also appear to support a suggestion by former British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who said in May that the war in Ukraine could last another ten years.

E.U. Accuses U.S. of Profiting from War

While defense contractors in Europe profit from the war in Ukraine, European Union officials claim that the United States is profiting from the conflict.

One senior E.U. official told POLITICO this month that President Joe Biden’s administration is profiting from the conflict while European countries are suffering.

“The fact is, if you look at it soberly, the country that is most profiting from this war is the U.S. because they are selling more gas and at higher prices, and because they are selling more weapons,” the senior official claimed.

Josep Borrell, a top E.U. diplomat, also called on the U.S. federal government to respond to these concerns, claiming that the decisions made by the Biden administration are having an “economic impact” on Europe.

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Russian T-80 tank. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

However, the White House has rejected the claims, insisting that that rising gas prices in Europe were caused by Putin’s “energy war against Europe.”

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Commentar

    November 26, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Yeah, major arms merchants getting a huge windfall from the war, particularly american ones. Big big thanks to warmongers, war-dogbarkers and war pimps.

    Annunder booming benefit from the war – america’s crazed pettiness and terribly mean-minded foreign policy.

    On friday nov 25 2022, china state media highlighted news that said US profited immensely from ukraine-russia war. Via quadruple marked up gas sales to europe (after nordstream pipe busts) and looming arms shortfalls in europe that will open wide doors to thr massive american defense industry.

    On sat november 2022, in retaliation for the above move, US announced immediate ban on all purchase and sale of huawei & ZTE devices citing ‘security risk’ to US.

    Such mean low brow pettiness was what led to special military operation by russia in feb 2022.

    On feb 21 2022, russia recognized independence of donetsk & luhansk republics. The very next day, feb 22 2022 US signed into law decree forbidding US firms from operating in the 2 regions. Such narrow minded pettiness and low brow mean attitude!

    US today is just so so much like hitler and tojo and mussolini during the thirties with their useless pettiness and meanness that eventually led to crazy ww2.

  2. Jacksonian Libertarian

    November 26, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I here by nominate Vladimir Putin for “Western Military Industrial Complex Salesman of the Decade”.

  3. Kelvin Clarke

    November 27, 2022 at 4:02 am

    The Europeans might be junkies going cold-turkey from their Russian gas and petroleum addiction. This is their fault, and not the fault of the USA, Ukraine, or anybody else.
    The Europeans would show some decency by acknowledging the American LNG arriving to save their freezing derrieres.

  4. jeff

    November 27, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    If Biden is supporting the Ukraine war in the same way he is running America we will see ourselves unwelcome in much of the world. Biden is mean and vindictive and the European Union will eventually see through him.

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