First Artillery Shells Under Czech Initiative Could Arrive in Ukraine by Late May or Early June

Photo credit: the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
Photo credit: the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The initial shipments of artillery shells acquired through a Czech initiative to procure ammunition for Ukraine from outside the EU might be transported to Ukraine by late May or early June

This was announced by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, following a meeting with foreign and defense ministers of member countries, as reported by European Pravda.

He noted that many countries have joined the Czech initiative and "the first deliveries will come at the end of May-start of June".

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Borrell added that many countries expressed readiness to participate in the German initiative, which aims to seek out air defense systems, concentrate resources, coordinate efforts, and enhance anti-aerial capacity.

According to the EU's Chief Diplomat, many countries have expressed readiness to contribute to two initiatives.

"The two objectives – more air defense systems and more 155-mm caliber ammunition – remain the most important targets for us," Borrell stressed.

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In mid-April, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced that Czechia had signed contracts for the supply of 180,000 artillery rounds to Ukraine and is currently negotiating contracts for an additional 300,000 rounds.

He later stated that 1.5 million artillery projectiles could potentially be procured for Ukraine in this way within a year.

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