​Czech Republic To Provide Ukraine With Artillery Ammunition Amid Fears Of Russian Invasion

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Czech government approves donating artillery ammunition to Ukraine
Czech government approves donating artillery ammunition to Ukraine

The Czech government has passed a decision to provide Ukraine with 4006 artillery shells with a total value of $1.7 million at no costs as part of the country’s support amid looming fears of a Russian invasion

The transfer was approved on Wednesday, January 26, following a request from the Czech Defense Ministry.

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The Central European nation’s government decided to satisfy a request for assistance in order to help Ukraine bolster its defenses against Russia’s potential large offensive – The Kyiv Independent informs.

“We’ve been developing the cooperation with Ukraine and supporting its path to democracy since a long time ago,” said Jana Cernochova, the Czech defense minister. “We have a relatively wide range of options at hand, from political and diplomatic support to specific expressions such as donating munitions, which I consider an important gesture of solidarity.”

The Czech Republic joins the club of nations that have recently decided to send lethal weaponry to Ukraine amid the escalating security crisis that threatens a big war against invading Russia.

Czech Republic To Provide Ukraine With Artillery Ammunition Amid Fears Of Russian Invasion, Defense Express
The Czech government has passed a decision to provide Ukraine with 4006 artillery shells

Since November, Russia has concentrated over 120,000 troops close to the Ukrainian border or in its occupied territories, alarming Ukraine and the West.

Earlier Czech Republics’ Defense Minister Jana Cernochova stated that the new Czech government wanted to help Ukraine amid the escalating situation at the borders with Russia

As Cernochova said in an interview with Czech daily Hospodářské noviny “The Czech Republic is historically, politically and in terms of alliances on Ukraine’s side. If Ukraine needs help, we will do our best to help.”

Czech Defense Ministry to provide Ukraine with Artillery Munitions, Defense Express
Defense Minister of the Czech Republic Jana Černochová reaffirmed the Czech government's readiness to supply Ukraine with military / Photo credit: Jana Černochová

One should remember that the Czech defense industry has been present in Ukraine for years - delivering munitions or BMP-1 IFVs. In 2020 Ukraine awarded contract to Excalibur Army for 26 Dana M2 howitzers, ammunition, and maintenance/support, with the Czech Excalibur Army company. In 2021 Ukrainian army successfully tested Excalibur Army’s Dana-M2 gun system.

Excalibur Army’s Dana-M2 gun system successfully passed 18 tests in Ukraine / Photo credit: Defense Express

The Czech Tatra company supplies Ukraine with carrier platforms for its latest rocket systems, such as Neptun or Vilkha. The words expressed by the head of the Czech MoD are more than just mere political declarations. They shall be viewed as an element of broad cooperation that has been a long-term undertaking.

Czech Republic Considers Sending Military Equipment to Ukraine, Defense Express
Mineral-U - mobile functional target designation radar complex on the Tatra chassis / Photo credit: Defense Express

As Defense Express reported, Ukrainian and US intelligence indicates Russia preparing operation to justify invasion of Ukraine. At the same time USA approved additional $200 mln in security aid to Ukraine and several planeloads of U.S. military aid landed at Boryspil airport in Ukraine.

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