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.”
At the same time, the minister noted that the supply of arms or ammunition to Ukraine should be coordinated with other countries, including Visegrad countries, Germany, Austria or the Baltic states.
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As Hospodářské noviny reported, Černochová is currently negotiating with the Czech Army Chief Aleš Opata about the possible needs of Ukraine.
Moreover, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Valerii Zaluzhnyi is expected to come to Prague soon.
At the same time, the Czech army will send six members of its special forces to Ukraine for a joint exercise ‘Silver Sabre 2022’ in late February or early March. The exercise takes place under NATO’s plan to develop the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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.
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.
At the same time British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced that Great Britain had begun supplying Ukraine with new light anti-tank weapons in response to “the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia”.
Earlier Ukrainian and US intelligence indicates Russia preparing operation to justify invasion of Ukraine. At the same time USA approves additional $200 mln in security aid to Ukraine and together with NATO alliance members working over supplying Stinger missiles to Ukraine in addition to the American military assistance that is already flowing to Kyiv.