Russia says the West has pumped more than $200 billion into Ukraine
Strv 122 tank, a version of the Leopard 2A5 variant of Ukraine's 21st brigade in fortifications in Donetsk province in November 2023. Photo: AFP

The Russian Ministry of Defense said Ukraine has received more than 203 billion USD in support along with more than 5,200 armored vehicles and 23,000 UAVs from 54 Western countries.

On January 4, the Russian Ministry of Defense published a report on military activities in 2023, including statistics on foreign assistance to Ukraine since the conflict broke out in February 2022.

According to this agency, over the past two years, Ukraine has received financial and weapons support from about 54 Western countries, with a total value of more than 203 billion USD. Ukraine has received more than 1,600 missile and artillery complexes, more than 200 air defense systems, 5,200 tanks and armored vehicles, and more than 23,000 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The US and NATO have also used more than 500 space vehicles, such as reconnaissance satellites to support NATO troops. Kyiv also uses more than 20,000 US Starlink terminals for command and communication, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“A total of more than 13,500 foreign mercenaries have joined the Ukrainian armed forces, of which 8,500 are from Europe, 1,700 are from Asia, 2,700 are from the Americas, and 220 are from Africa,” Russian army statistics. “More than 5,900 mercenaries have been neutralized, 5,600 have fled. There are currently 1,900 mercenaries participating in the war.”

Ukraine has not commented on the information from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Since the conflict began last year, Western allies have pledged more than $274 billion in support to Ukraine, including nearly $152 billion in financial aid, $105 billion in military aid and about $17 billion in aid. The US and NATO have not yet calculated the total value of assistance transferred to Ukraine.

Foreign military aid to Ukraine has decreased significantly in recent months. The US Congress has not approved the additional support package proposed by President Joe Biden for Ukraine, which is worth about 61 billion USD. Meanwhile, Hungary vetoed a four-year aid package worth $55 billion for Ukraine from the European Union (EU).

Russia has repeatedly warned that Western weapons transferred to Ukraine will not prevent the country from achieving its goals in conflict with its neighbor, instead increasing the risk of direct confrontation between Russia and NATO.