Some members have initiated the purchase of ammunition for Kyiv outside the EU, in case it is not possible to produce them quickly and in large quantities on the territory of the community.
The European Union is considering the possibility of buying ammunition for Ukraine in the United States and South Korea. About this on Friday, March 17, the publication Euractiv wrote.
According to the newspaper, in Europe they are not sure that they can quickly increase the production of ammunition for Ukraine.
Currently, 15 enterprises in 11 EU countries have been identified as capable of producing 155 mm caliber artillery shells and five manufacturers of 152 mm Soviet-type shells. Also, work continues in search for new companies that can take such an order.
“If they can’t do it quickly and in large volumes, we will have to get permission to apply to third countries,” said a source in EU diplomatic circles.
It was noted that EU defense ministers reached an agreement that 2 billion euros from the European Peace Fund (EPF) will be used to supply Ukraine with ammunition from the existing arsenals of EU countries, as well as to increase the production of 155-mm ammunition. However, according to three sources in EU diplomatic circles, discussions about the use of this money are still ongoing.
It also remains an open question as to which country should take responsibility for the external procurement of ammunition from other countries.
Earlier it was reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine received high-precision bombs from the United States, which have a higher range compared to gravity-drop bombs.
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