In the face of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and the potential return of Donald Trump to the White House, the citizens of Ukraine are taking defense matters into their own hands by fortifying their arms industry.
What Happened: Private enterprises and volunteers are increasingly working towards providing their troops with essential weaponry, Politico reported.
Even though Ukraine’s forces are dispersed over a 1,000-kilometer front, it added that every additional piece of equipment or drone could significantly contribute to life-saving efforts.
As per the report, Serhiy Prytula, a former actor and comedian, is among the notable people who are currently overseeing a foundation that aids domestic arms production. Prytula’s foundation has played a crucial role in securing parts for drones such as the Beaver, which have reportedly carried out successful strikes in Moscow.
Ukrainians’ self-sufficiency in arms supply is an answer to the inefficiencies and corruption scandals prevalent within the defense ministry and the state arms sector. The development comes amid the prospective return of President Trump, who advocates for America to limit its support to Ukraine, intensifying this sense of self-reliance.
Why It Matters: Ukrainian-built armored vehicles and maritime drones have been deployed alongside U.S. Bradleys on the frontlines. However, Ukraine’s defense budget is significantly smaller than Russia’s, making foreign aid crucial for their fight.
Since February last year, Prytula’s foundation has gathered $135 million, financing the procurement of over 7,000 drones, 1,200 vehicles, and upwards of 17,000 communication devices.
The potential return of Trump, who has narrowed his lead in the Republican 2024 Election Poll, sparks concern due to his contentious stance on the Ukraine war. In the past, he has boasted about his ties with Putin and suggested he could end the war in a single day if re-elected.
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