According to journalists, last year the EU agreed on deadlines, but Ukraine received only a third of the ammunition. Kyiv should receive another 30% of the million by March 2024.
The European Union is seeking to increase supplies of ammunition to Ukraine. Thus, it is necessary to compensate for delays in achieving the goal of sending 1 million artillery shells. Bloomberg writes about this.
As Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur said, last year the EU agreed on deadlines, but Ukraine received only a third of the ammunition. Kyiv should receive another 30% of the million by March 2024.
Pevkur believes that his colleagues should take it upon themselves to find shells or finance their production for Ukraine. According to him, at least seven EU countries, including Poland and the Scandinavian states, are ready to allocate more money to achieve the previously stated goal. Even if the European Union does not manage to fulfill its promise on time, the new money means that the shells will eventually be delivered to Ukraine.
The amount of ammunition sent to Ukraine could increase if EU defense ministers decide to take into account bilateral contributions, allow overseas orders or change domestic reimbursement deadlines, the unnamed diplomats said. There is also a desire to give priority to supplies to Ukraine over other export destinations. However, even such changes are unlikely to help the bloc achieve its goal.
At the same time, Pevkur pointed to EU estimates that the bloc intends to produce up to 1.4 million ammunition this year. This means that the pace of production will be accelerated.
It was previously reported that Rheinmetall will build a new ammunition production plant. The head of the concern, Armin Papperger, noted that the company in 2023 received an order worth more than 10 billion euros for the Bundeswehr and Ukraine. And this year this amount will increase to 15 billion.