Czech Republic to provide Ukraine with attack helicopters, large-caliber ammunition
During a joint press conference in Prague with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has made an announcement regarding the supply of helicopters for Ukraine and F-16 pilot training
President Zelenskyy made the announcement on Telegram.
"Many important issues. Our common security, supplies and, very importantly, joint production of weapons. Defense package. Economic cooperation. Joint work with third countries. Thank you for your solidarity with our country and people, for all the Czech support in our struggle for freedom!" the Ukrainian leader wrote.
In Prague, the Ukrainian leader also met with the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic, Miloš Vystrčil.
"We discussed the holding of a Global Summit on the implementation of the Ukrainian Peace Formula and Ukraine's early membership in NATO and the EU. Holding the Second Parliamentary Summit of the Crimean Platform in Prague in October will bring us closer to a common goal - the de-occupation of the Crimean peninsula and all the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine," Zelenskyy emphasized.
The memorandum of cooperation was signed by Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleksandr Kamyshin and First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic František Šulc.
The purpose of this memorandum is to support military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and the Czech Republic, make joint efforts to support projects in the defense industry, and conclude individual contracts between the two countries. The Czech delegation will soon arrive in Ukraine to develop the agreements.
Photo: Office of the President
Earlier, ČT24 wrote about the transfer of helicopters and pilot training.
"The Czech Republic will transfer more attack helicopters and hundreds of thousands of large-caliber ammunition to Ukraine, Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) said after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Straka Academy," the statement said.
The prime minister said that the Czech Republic would take part in the training of Ukrainian pilots, including on F-16 fighter jets. The country will also provide simulators so that pilots can train in Ukraine.
Zelenskyy, who is on a two-day visit to Prague, emphasized that the Czech Republic provides no less assistance than large European countries and responds in a very flexible and timely manner.
"Specific agreements are being signed on a regular basis and will be signed continuously in the coming weeks and months," said Tomáš Pojar, National Security Advisor to the Government.
Ukraine's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance was also discussed.
"I expect that all NATO allies will clearly support Ukraine in its membership efforts. It can count on the Czech Republic's vote," Fiala said and praised the progress Ukraine is making on its path to the EU.
Following his visit to Bulgaria, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in the Czech Republic on the evening of July 6. During his meeting with his Czech counterpart, Petr Pavel, he discussed support for Ukraine, sanctions against Russia, countering Russian propaganda, and Kyiv's Euro-Atlantic path.