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EU delivers only 30% of promised ammunition to Ukraine

26 October, 2023 Thursday
14:12

Earlier this year, the EU developed a plan to transfer ammunition to Ukraine within 12 months - first from existing stockpiles, and then through joint procurement contracts and increased industrial capacity. However, more than half of the deadline has passed, and Ukraine has received only 30% of what was promised

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Bloomberg writes about this.

The publication notes that based on the volume of contracts signed to date, the EU risks not meeting the target. Sources told Bloomberg that several member states have privately asked the EU's foreign policy department to extend the deadline.

In turn, the United States, which aims to increase its own production to about 1 million missiles a year in 2024, has called on the EU to step up its efforts.

The publication emphasizes that the ammunition supplies promised by the EU are crucial for the Ukrainian counteroffensive and to help Ukraine keep up with Russian production. According to some estimates, Russian factories will supply 2 million rounds of ammunition next year, while Moscow has already received supplies from North Korea and continues to use Soviet-era shells.

In addition, the issue of US aid to Israel is an acute one.

"While there currently isn’t much overlap between Israel and Ukraine’s overall requirements for ammunition, even diverting a small number of 155mm artillery rounds away from Kyiv, should Israel need them, matters when the numbers are so tight, another person said," Bloomberg writes. 

Member states do not provide details on how much ammunition they have already provided, but a number of countries have shared figures privately, including at official meetings this week.

About 12 countries, including the Baltic states, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland, have delivered or are about to jointly deliver about 300,000-400,000 rounds of ammunition. Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and non-EU Norway have placed orders worth EUR 52 million, and production will begin next year. Germany plans to supply a total of 120,000-130,000 rounds in the near future.

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