Ukraine War, February 13, 2023: One year on, NATO worried about war production; Ukraine using more ammunition than NATO countries producin; Powerful rebuttal of German leftists’ pro-Russian appeal to end weapons deliveries to Ukraine

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To understand the broad context within which current developments in Ukraine should be considered,see

“Ukraine War, October 26, 2022: The context for analysis of current developments; The “dirty bomb” as a Russian propaganda distraction from current war crimes,” The Trenchant Observer, October 26, 2022.


1) “Ukraine-Russia war latest: Ukraine ‘using more munitions than Nato producing,'” The Telegraph, February 13, 2023 (1:21 pm);

2) Klaus Wittmann, “Die erschütternde Blindheit für Moskaus Ziele – Was soll man da verhandeln?” Die Welt, den 12. Februar, 2023;

Brigadegeneral a. D. Dr. Klaus Wittmann lehrt Zeitgeschichte an der Universität Potsdam

3) Klaus Wittman,”The shocking blindness to Moscow’s goals – What should be negotiated? DievWelt, February 12, 2023;

Brigadier General a. D. Dr. Klaus Wittmann teaches contemporary history at the University of Potsdam


The Telegraph reports that NATO secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has declared that War production in NATO COUNTRIES IS NOT KEEPING UP WITH ukraine’s expenditure of ammunition:

Ukraine using more munitions than Nato producing, says Stoltenberg

Nato needs “to ramp up production” of ammunition as Ukraine’s rate of usage is far outstripping current capacities and draining stockpiles, the defence alliance’s chief Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.

“The current rate of Ukraine’s ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production. This puts our defence industries under strain,” Stoltenberg said ahead of a meeting of Kyiv’s Western backers.

Sara Wagenknecht, a prominent former leader of Germany’s Left Party, and other pro-Russian leftists have published a “Manifesto for Peace” which, while failing to call for Russia to end its war of aggression and to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, does call on Germany and other Western nations to stop arms deliveries to Ukraine.

It would be charitable to call their “Manifesto for Peace” naive, although they certainly make blind emotional appeals to the naive in their ranks. The manifest reveals the pro-Russian sentiment on the left in Germany, with its shocking arguments.

Brigadier General Klaus Wittman (ret.), who teaches Contemporary History at the University of Potsdam, has delivered a powerful rebuttal of this misnamed “Manifesto for Peace”. Kittmann addresses the key issues Germany and NATO countries have faced in responding to Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine which began in February 2014 and was expanded with a vengance in a renewed broadscale invasion on February 24, 2022.

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