Ukraine to receive first shipment of Czech-contracted ammunition in May-June — Borrell

Josep Borrell
Josep Borrell

The first batch of artillery shells sourced and purchased under the Czech-led initiative will arrive in Ukraine by late May or early June, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on April 22.

“Many countries have joined the Czech initiative to source shells from around the world,” said Borrell.

“The first deliveries are expected to arrive by the end of May or the beginning of June.”

Borrell reiterated that providing Ukraine with anti-aircraft and 155mm artillery ammunition remains a priority for Kyiv’s EU partners.

Read also: Prague purchases first 180,000 artillery shells for Ukraine

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

The shells are planned to be purchased from South Korea and South Africa. The contract is worth approximately $2 billion, a Ukrainian military representative told NV.

Ukraine’s allies revealed they had raised the entire amount necessary to purchase the artillery shells on March 7.

Czechia purchased 800,000 artillery shells from third countries, which could be delivered to Ukraine within a few weeks, Bild reported on March 11. The country could have bought ammunition in South Korea, South Africa, and Turkey.

Czechia is searching for ammunition for Ukraine worldwide, with even Russia's allies among the suppliers, The Wall Street Journal reported on March 18.

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