warns of ‘very actual’ ammunition scarcity

29 warns of ‘very actual’ ammunition scarcity

The shortage of shells has turn into a “urgent downside” for Kiev’s forces, the Ukrainian protection minister has mentioned

Ukrainian ammunition shares are low, the nation’s protection minister, Rustem Umerov, has mentioned. His feedback come as Kiev’s allies introduced the launch of the so-called “artillery coalition” to assist Ukraine amid the battle with Russia.

The coalition, which incorporates 23 nations, had been introduced throughout a gathering of Ukraine’s backers in Paris on Thursday. In accordance with Le Monde and France 24, Umerov was scheduled to attend the France and US-led gathering in particular person however canceled the journey on the final minute for “safety causes” that remained undisclosed.

The protection minister as an alternative addressed the summit within the French capital by way of a video hyperlink, saying that “there’s isn’t any various to trendy artillery; we’ve to maintain up our efforts and enhance munitions manufacturing.”

Following the occasion, Umerov said X (previously Twitter), warning that “a scarcity of ammunition is a really actual and urgent downside that our Armed Forces are going through at current.”

“The artillery coalition is aimed toward fixing this problem,” he wrote, including that he was grateful to France for its “management” within the initiative.

French Protection Minister Sebastien Lecornu mentioned on Thursday that Paris might produce 78 Caesar truck-mounted 155mm weapons for Kiev’s wants by early 2025. In accordance with the minister, six howitzers have already been paid for by Ukraine and might be delivered “within the coming weeks.” France will fund the manufacturing of 12 extra Caesars, Lecornu mentioned, urging different allies to collectively present the 250 million euros wanted for the remaining 60 weapons.

On Wednesday, the pinnacle of the French Senate’s Overseas Affairs, Cedric Perrin, mentioned that Ukraine has been firing between 5,000 and eight,000 shells per day, in contrast with as much as 15,000 by Russia.

The assertion adopted a Senate report, which burdened that France, which produces 20,000 shells per yr, and different EU governments have been “less than the problem” of assembly Kiev’s ammunition calls for. The lawmakers urged Ukraine’s allies to “step up a gear.”

Final yr, the EU vowed to provide Kiev with 1 million shells by March 2024. Nonetheless, Ukrainian officers have mentioned that the nation has solely acquired round 300,000 rounds from the bloc to this point.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that deliveries of weapons and ammunition to Kiev by the US and EU won’t forestall it from attaining the targets of its navy operation and can solely enhance the chance of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO.

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