The United States has delivered approximately 1.1 million bullets, seized from Iran last year, to Ukraine, as confirmed by the U.S. military.
The U.S. Central Command (Centcom), responsible for Middle East operations, revealed that these rounds of ammunition were confiscated from a ship en route to Yemen in December.
In response to Ukraine’s ammunition needs, highlighted by its Western allies, the Iranian ammunition was transferred to Ukraine on Monday. These bullets are of 7.62mm caliber and are used in Soviet-era rifles and light machine guns.
While this quantity is substantial, it represents a small portion of the overall support provided by allies to Ukraine, with the U.S. having already supplied over 200 million bullets and grenades. These Iranian munitions were initially seized by U.S. naval forces from a stateless ship named MARWAN 1 on December 9.
The U.S. government gained ownership of them in July through the process of civil forfeiture, involving assets seized due to suspected involvement in criminal activities. In this case, the claim was made against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the Iranian armed forces responsible for safeguarding the country’s government.
In a statement, Centcom said the US was “committed to working with our allies and partners to counter the flow of Iranian lethal aid in the region by all lawful means”.
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