Bulgaria secretly helped Ukraine at the beginning of Russian aggression
At the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, Bulgaria supplied weapons and fuel, which turned out to be critical, writes Welt.
In the first months of the war, Ukraine was sorely lacking fuel and ammunition of Soviet calibers, as well as components for weapons from the times of the USSR.
As it turned out, they were provided by Bulgaria, in particular, Sofia, while hiding this fact so that the supplies would not be disrupted by pro-Russian politicians in the Bulgarian government
According to journalists, the Bulgarian government did not enter into intergovernmental deals with Ukraine, having adjusted supplies through intermediary companies in Bulgaria and abroad. Military goods went to Romania, Hungary and Poland, and from there to Ukraine.
"According to our estimates, about a third of the ammunition needed by the Ukrainian army at an early stage of the war came from Bulgaria"
em>, — said the former Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Kirill Petkov.
At the same time, diesel fuel sent by Bulgaria, obtained from the processing of Russian crude oil at the Lukoil plant, also arrived in Ukraine.
< p>“Bulgaria has become one of the largest exporters of diesel fuel to Ukraine and at times covered 40 percent of Ukraine's needs”, — said former Finance Minister Assen Vasilev.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba confirmed this information, adding that without Bulgarian assistance, the Russians would have seized more villages and cities, “would have killed, tortured and raped” more Ukrainians.
"Kirill Petkov showed integrity, and I will always be grateful to him for using all his political skills to find a solution", – summed up Kuleba.
According to journalists, all deliveries from Bulgaria to Ukraine were financed by the United States and Great Britain.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich