Ukraine asks EU for 250,000 artillery rounds monthly — media

4 March, 12:00 PM
Ukraine asks the EU to increase supplies of ammunition (Photo:REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Ukraine asks the EU to increase supplies of ammunition (Photo:REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Ukraine has asked the European Union to provide 250,000 artillery shells to the Ukrainian army every month to address its shortage, the Financial Times reported on March 3.

The outlet gained access to a letter written by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, saying that the Ukrainian forces are "only firing a fifth of the rounds they could" due the restricted supply.

The minister wrote that the artillery plays a "crucial role in eliminating the enemy's military power."

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"If only we hadn't been limited with the amount of available artillery rounds, we could have used a full ammunition that would have totalled 594,000 per month," the minister said.

NATO members have already depleted their potential of supplying weapons to Ukraine, the New York Times has reported, though NATO is considering investing in facilities in Czechia, Slovakia, and Bulgaria to revamp manufacturing of Soviet-era artillery shells for Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the allies "to ramp up production" of weapons and ammunition to further provide military assistance to Ukraine.

EU countries are urgently exploring ways to jointly purchase 155-mm shells for Ukraine, wrote Reuters.

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Josep Borell said on Feb. 20 that Ukraine could be threatened should partners fail to provide the country with ammunition.

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