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EU countries order 60 thousand shells for Ukraine through the new scheme

2023-12-06 17:56:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
EU countries order 60 thousand shells for Ukraine through the new scheme
155 mm artillery shells are seen during the production process at the Scranton Army Ammunition Plant in Scranton

European Union countries have placed orders for just 60,000 artillery shells under an EU scheme to help get 1 million rounds of ammunition to Ukraine by next spring, according to people familiar with the figures, Reuters reports.

The scheme was a central part of an EU initiative to increase the supply of vital 155mm artillery shells to Ukraine, allowing countries to place orders with the industry through contracts negotiated by the bloc's European Defense Agency (EDA).

The broader initiative, launched in March, offered various schemes to get 1 million shells and missiles to Ukraine within a year to fight the Russian invasion.

Together, these schemes have produced about 480,000 munitions, according to the EU - less than half the target, with about four months to go.

The particularly small volume of orders for the scheme at the heart of the program highlights the greater difficulties the EU is facing in trying to hit the target./ CNA

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