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African armies are too reliant on Russia and Ukraine


During the Cold War, the Soviet Union invested heavily in the armed forces of numerous African states. This trend continued intermittently after the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, with both Russia and Ukraine selling ex-Soviet-era and, more recently, modernised military equipment into Africa. Africa was, and remains, a large consumer of military equipment, which includes small arms, aircraft, fighting vehicles and ammunition. Arming African states has long been how East and West work to expand their influence through direct involvement or proxy forces in, especially resource-rich, countries. The sales of military equipment – much of it either…

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