According to information from a German newspaper, the United States and Great Britain financed Bulgaria’s fuel and ammunition deliveries to Ukraine.

Bulgaria secretly delivered ammunition and fuel to Ukraine with the help of the United States and Britain, reports Saksalaislehti The world.

According to Die Welt, Bulgaria covered up to a third of Ukraine’s ammunition needs between April and August.

Bulgaria is also reported to have covered up to 40 percent of the fuel needs of the Ukrainian army’s tanks and other military vehicles during the same period.

According to Die Welt, the United States and Great Britain financed Bulgaria’s fuel and ammunition deliveries to Ukraine.

Bulgaria’s contribution to the arms aid has also been reported Suomen Kuvalehti.

When The then Prime Minister of Bulgaria Kirill Petkov met the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyin In Kiev on February 28, they publicly announced the agreement under which Bulgaria would repair Ukrainian military equipment.

The message of the meeting was, at least officially, that Bulgaria did not have much to offer Ukraine. The reason was Petkov’s government partner at the time, the Socialist Party, which had opposed arms deliveries out of solidarity with Russia.

According to the newspaper’s information, the Bulgarian government had actually already started preparations for comprehensive military support to Ukraine at that time.

The Ukrainian government has confirmed to Die Welt that Bulgaria was indeed secretly providing military aid to Ukraine.

“Petkov has shown his honesty and I will always be grateful to him for using all his political skills to find a solution,” said the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba The Weltille.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Picture: ANDREI PUNGOVSCHI / AFP

Before Following the meeting between Petkov and Zelensky in Kyiv, Foreign Minister Kuleba visited Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, on April 19.

The Ukrainians had succeeded in repelling the Russian invasion of Kiev from the north. The war was at an uncertain stage at the time, as many Western weapons had not yet been delivered to Ukraine.

Kuleba says that the fighting was intense at the time and Ukraine had to urgently replenish its ammunition stocks, mainly due to the lack of Soviet-made ammunition.

“We knew that Bulgaria had large quantities of the necessary ammunition, so President Zelenskyi sent me to use diplomacy to get the necessary materials,” he said.

About meeting the public statement made omitted mention of the arms shipments, and Kuleba praised the fact that Bulgaria had taken in many Ukrainian refugees.

Behind the scenes, Kuleba made it clear that it was actually a matter of “life and death” and that Bulgaria had to support Ukraine, because otherwise the Russians would “occupy more villages and towns while killing, torturing and raping” more Ukrainians.

According to Kuleba, Petkov replied that the domestic political situation in the country is not easy, but that he would do everything he could.

Petkov tells Die Welt that after discussions, his government granted arms export licenses to foreign broker companies.

“Our private military industry was producing at full capacity,” says Petkov.

“— According to our estimate, about a third of the ammunition needed by the Ukrainian army in the early stages of the war came from Bulgaria.”

Kuleba emphasizes that it was not about the direct military support given by the Bulgarian government to Ukraine, but about the fact that Ukrainian and NATO companies were given the opportunity to purchase the goods they needed from Bulgarian sellers.

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and former Finance Minister Asen Vasilev.

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and former Finance Minister Asen Vasilev. Picture: SPASIYANA SERGIEVA / Reuters

Ammunition in addition, Bulgaria supplied diesel to the Ukrainian army.

The then Minister of Finance of Bulgaria Asen Vasilev says he encouraged the Bulgarian Lukoil to export excess oil to Ukraine.

According to Vasilev, the reaction was positive: the workers there had also been condemned by the Russian president Vladimir Putin of war. Vasilev says that Bulgaria needed about half of the fuel produced by Lukoil, but the rest was taken to Ukraine through foreign companies.

Bulgaria thus became one of Ukraine’s largest diesel importers.

“Trucks and tankers regularly passed through Romania to Ukraine…,” says Vasilev.

Ukraine has confirmed to Welt that Ukrainian companies did indeed receive Bulgarian diesel in the early stages of the war.

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