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Starting from April Ukraine will have enough ammunition — Ukraine’s Prime Minister

19 March, 2024 Tuesday
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Ukraine expects that starting in April, the allies will supply a sufficient number of artillery shells. In particular, this will be possible thanks to the initiative of the Czech Republic

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said this at a press conference during his visit to Luxembourg, The Guardian reports.

"We hope that this Czech initiative, which Luxembourg joined, will help us, and beginning since (from) April we will have enough ammunition to deter our frontline," the prime minister said.

He also clarified that Ukraine is counting on the supply of long- and medium-range missiles. This is necessary to disrupt Russian logistics in the temporarily occupied territories.

"It is also crucially important, (just) as the artillery shells are for us," the Prime Minister emphasized.

Czech initiative to purchase ammunition for Ukraine: what is known

On February 17, it became known that the Czech Republic had found sources abroad for hundreds of thousands of artillery rounds that it could deliver to Ukraine in a matter of weeks.

The Netherlands publicly announced their participation by allocating 100 million euros for the purchase of ammunition. France will also join the initiative to procure ammunition for Ukraine outside the EU. Additionally, Germany and Norway have expressed support for the initiative.

On February 22, it became known that Canada was ready to allocate up to $22 million for shells for Ukraine. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Kroo also announced that the country would finance the Czech initiative with €200 million.

On March 2, the Czech Republic announced that they would be able to make the first deliveries of ammunition to Kyiv within a few weeks.

Later, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė stated that her country would support the Czech Republic's multilateral initiative to purchase and transfer artillery ammunition to Ukraine.

On March 8, Czech President Petr Pavel announced the completion of fundraising for the purchase of ammunition for Ukraine. The government clarified that it was only the first batch of 300,000 shells.

On March 12, the Czech Republic announced the possibility of purchasing another 200,000 artillery shells for Ukraine in addition to the 300,000 already financed.

The Czech government said that artillery shells, which will be purchased at the initiative of Prague, are likely to start arriving in Ukraine in June.

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