EU mulling sending one million shells to Ukraine by end of 2023

17 March, 09:41 PM
Ammunition near Ukrainian military positions in Bakhmut (Photo:REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Ammunition near Ukrainian military positions in Bakhmut (Photo:REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Several European Union countries are pushing for the transfer of one million shells to Ukraine by the end of the year, Germany’s Handelsblatt reported on March 17.

The European Council welcomes “facilitation in the immediate provision of ammunition to Ukraine, in particular through joint procurement.” However, it should be noted that this passage has not yet been finalized and the wording may still be subject to changes until March 23-24,  Handelsblatt reported.

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Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Finland, and Romania are among the group of countries that insist on a specific promise regarding shells for Ukraine. France supported the initiative, while Germany is still considering.

Research by analysts in Brussels shows that Ukraine now produces 110,000 projectiles per month, while 350,000 are needed for a successful counteroffensive during this period, the publication said.

Representatives from over 50 countries discussed the provision of ammunition to the Ukrainian military, including artillery, tanks, and air defense, at the 10th Ramstein-format meeting on March 15.

The EU is expected to sign off on a joint ammunition procurement plan for Ukraine in the coming week, said Bloomberg.

Ukraine has appealed to the EU to send Kyiv 250,000 artillery shells a month to ease a critical shortage, reported The Financial Times.

Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov stated that Ukraine requires one million shells in total.

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