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Ukraine to get 1M artillery shells from EU by end of 2024 - Estonian Defense Minister

31 January, 2024 Wednesday
20:16

At an informal meeting, the defence ministers of the European Union agreed to fulfil their promise to supply Ukraine with 1 million artillery shells by the end of this year

This was announced by Estonian Defenіe Minister Hanno Pevkur.

He said that by the end of March, Ukraine will receive more than 500,000 artillery shells, and by the end of 2024 - more than 1.1 million.

"We just agreed with the EU defense ministers, that we will keep our promise to deliver 1M artillery rounds to Ukraine:

  • Over 0,5M rounds will be reached by the end of March
  • Over 1,1M rounds by the end of 2024
  • EU production capacity will go up to 1,5M by the end of 2024," Pevkur wrote in a social media post.

EU promise to supply Ukraine with 1M artillery shells by March 2024

On April 13, the EU Council approved €1 billion in ammunition for Ukraine. On May 2 the EU prepared a plan to produce 1 million shells for Ukraine and its own stockpiles.

On May 23, EU Chief Diplomat Josep Borrell announced that since the beginning of the year, EU states have already provided over one-fifth of the one million artillery rounds and missiles to Ukraine as part of an initiative to provide Ukraine with one million rounds.

On June 1, the European Parliament supported a bill to increase European production of ammunition and missiles to support Ukraine's army. July 7 The Council of the European Union and the Parliament agree on a draft regulation on the Ammunition Support Act (ASAP), which will increase the production of missiles and ammunition.

On July 13, the European Parliament approved plans to increase the production of ammunition and missiles in the EU to overcome the current shortage due to supplies to Ukraine.

On September 5, it was reported that the European Defense Agency had signed 8 framework contracts with industry for the joint purchase of 155-mm ammunition for Ukraine.

In early November, media reported that the EU fears that the bloc may not be able to provide Ukraine with one million rounds of ammunition by the promised deadline of March 2024.

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