​Czech Defense Ministry to provide Ukraine with Artillery Munitions

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Earlier Czech company Excalibur Army supplied Ukrainian Army with 155 mm HE ERFB-ВВ artillery munitions / Photo credit: Defense Express
Earlier Czech company Excalibur Army supplied Ukrainian Army with 155 mm HE ERFB-ВВ artillery munitions / Photo credit: Defense Express

The Czech Ministry of Defense seeks to support Ukraine by providing artillery munitions to the Ukrainian Armed Forces

It was confirmed by spokeswoman or the Czech Defense Ministry Yana Zekhmeysterova on request of Czech TV Channal TelevizeSeznam, as reported Czech media source iROZHLAS.

Czech Defense Ministry to provide Ukraine with Artillery Munitions, Defense Express
Czech Defense Ministry to provide Ukraine with Artillery Munitions, Defense Express
100-mm shells UOF12 purchased by Ukrainian MoD from Czech Defense Systems a.s. in 2021 / Photo credit: armyinform.com.ua

"It is the ammunition that has been prepared for such assistance, if approved by government. Ukraine is the Czech Republic's historical partner with whom we are developing defense cooperation and supporting its path to democracy. Therefore, it is natural that the Defense Ministry considered assistance," Yana Zekhmeysterova said.

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Czech Defense Ministry to provide Ukraine with Artillery Munitions, Defense Express
Czech Defense Ministry to provide Ukraine with Artillery Munitions, Defense Express
Ukrainian artillerymen are testing 100-mm shells UOF12 purchased by Ukrainian MoD from Czech Defense Systems a.s. May 2021 / Photo credit: armyinform.com.ua

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.

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Mineral-U - mobile functional target designation radar complex on the Tatra chassis / Photo credit: Defense Express

As Defense Express reported, U.S. State Department have allowed Baltic states to send U.S.-made missiles and weapons to Ukraine.

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”.

Czech Republic Considers Sending Military Equipment to Ukraine, Defense Express
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

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.

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