Ukraine will receive 500,000 shells by the end of the year under Czech initiative - Denmark's PM

500,000 shells to be delivered to Ukrainian front by the end of the year
500,000 shells to be delivered to Ukrainian front by the end of the year

Ukraine's allies will send half a million shells to Ukraine by year's end under the Czech initiative, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced before a meeting on Ukraine's defense in Prague, RFE/RL (Radio Liberty) reported on May 28.

Providing Ukraine with shells and air defense remains a priority, she said.

"This will help change the situation at the front,” Frederiksen said.

“This is paramount task for us, and we will continue this effort for as long as it takes."

15 EU and NATO countries joined the Czech initiative and allocated 1.6 billion euros ($1.75 billion) for ammunition procurement, Czechia’s Prime Minister Petr Fiala added.

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Czech President Petr Pavel first announced the possibility of purchasing 800,000 shells for Ukraine on Feb. 17.

Czechia secured commitments for 500,000 155mm shells and 300,000 122mm shells, he said, though he did not disclose from where. Several other European nations joined the Czech initiative.

The plan is believed to involve spending about $2 billion to purchase shells from South Africa and South Korea, a Ukrainian military representative told NV.

Allies have already acquired the necessary funding to purchase the shells, it was announced on March 7.

Czechia purchased 800,000 artillery shells from South Korea, South Africa, and Turkey, and could deliver them to Ukraine in a few weeks, Germany’s Bild reported on March 11.

Ukraine will receive 1.5 million artillery shells from the initiative within a year, Czechia’s Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, said in April.

Ukraine will receive the first batch of 155-mm shells in June - "in the next few days", he said on May 28.

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