Germany Commits 180,000 Artillery Shells to Ukraine as Part of Czech Initiative

by Roman Cheplyk
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Germany Commits 180,000 Artillery Shells to Ukraine as Part of Czech Initiative

Germany has pledged to supply Ukraine with 180,000 artillery shells, joining the Czech-led ammunition procurement plan aimed at supporting Ukraine

Reuters reported this significant contribution following the announcement by German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius last month of a separate aid package worth 478 million euros to Ukraine, exclusive of the Czech ammunition initiative.

The combined efforts under both support measures exceed one billion euros, with Germany contributing to 40% of the Czech-led initiative. This initiative has garnered considerable international support, with the Czech Republic identifying sources for 800,000 artillery shells, including 500,000 units of 155 mm caliber and 300,000 units of 122 mm caliber.

International Support for the Czech Initiative:

  • The Netherlands has committed 100 million euros towards the purchase of ammunition.
  • France, Germany, and Norway have also supported the initiative.
  • Canada pledged up to $22 million for shells for Ukraine.
  • Belgium announced a contribution of €200 million.
  • Lithuania's Prime Minister, Ingrid Šimonite, confirmed her country's participation.

The Czech Republic has indicated the capability to commence deliveries to Kyiv within weeks, with President Petr Pavel announcing the successful fundraising for the first batch of 300,000 shells. However, Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur highlighted that, despite significant contributions, additional funds are still required to meet the full scope of Ukraine's needs.

This collective initiative underscores the international community's ongoing commitment to supporting Ukraine's defense efforts amidst ongoing conflicts, ensuring a steady supply of critical artillery ammunition.

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