Stars and Stripes
January 20, 2023

Moving US military stocks from South Korea for Ukraine leaves no readiness impact, Pentagon says

Drawing American military supplies from South Korea to assist Ukraine in its war against Russia will not affect U.S. military readiness on the Korean Peninsula, military officials said Friday.

The Defense Department is turning to its stockpiles in South Korea and Israel to keep Ukraine supplied in its ongoing fight….

“[We] feel confident on what we have been able to withdraw and what we have been able to get to the Ukrainians.”

The U.S. is supplying Ukraine “pretty regularly” with ammunition, materials, capabilities and equipment, and doing so quickly….

The Defense Department asked U.S. Forces Korea to move military equipment “in support of Ukraine,” USFK spokesman Army Col. Isaac Taylor told Stars and Stripes by email Friday.