The European Union has so far delivered only 300,000 pieces of artillery ammunition to Ukraine out of the promised million by March next year. The head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, stated this today upon his arrival at the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.
In March of this year, the EU initially promised to deliver one million pieces of ammunition to Ukraine within 12 months. It was supposed to provide part of it from its own stocks and buy part of it for Ukraine through joint purchases and an increase in industrial capacities. Some time ago, however, reports began to appear that only about 300,000 units have been delivered so far and that the target will probably not be met. This was confirmed, for example, by the German Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius a few days ago in Brussels.
In this context, Kuleba called for greater integration between Ukraine’s defense industry and NATO to ensure that Kiev has the supplies it needs to defeat Russia. Today, the Ukrainian minister is participating in the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council at NATO headquarters.
As the Bloomberg agency recently wrote, supplies from the European Union are essential for Ukraine to be able to keep pace with Russia in terms of the amount of ammunition. According to the agency, some experts estimate that Russia will be able to produce two million cartridges next year. In addition, according to the White House, Moscow receives supplies of ammunition from North Korea.