Ukraine Calls for European Ban on Ammunition Exports Outside Ukraine

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.26 - 2024 9:56 AM CET

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Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has urged Europe to stop exporting ammunition to any country but Ukraine, citing a severe shortage in the Ukrainian military.

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In a conversation with RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated, "All contracts for the export of ammunition produced in Europe to third countries should be suspended and all such ammunition should be supplied to Ukraine. Every bullet manufactured in Europe should serve to protect Europe."

Kuleba pointed to the ongoing discussions about ammunition scarcity, noting his consistent efforts to address the issue with European partners.

"I complain about the lack of ammunition at every meeting with our partners. They all know about it and acknowledge their mistakes," the Minister stated. 

He criticized the delayed response in increasing ammunition production and establishing long-term contracts, which now impacts Ukraine's immediate needs. Kuleba is working to redirect ammunition meant for other countries to Ukraine instead.

Recent developments include Ukraine's announcement, following talks with EU's Josep Borrell, of plans to receive nearly 170,000 shells by March's end. Despite an EU agreement to supply one million rounds within a year, only 355,000 have been delivered, with a target of 1.155 million by year-end.

The EU's top diplomat has also called on member states to maximize efforts to equip Ukraine with the necessary ammunition.

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