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Czechia contracts first 180,000 shells for Ukraine - Prime Minister

Czechia contracts first 180,000 shells for Ukraine - Prime Minister Photo: Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of Czechia (Getty Images)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Czechia has contracted to purchase 180,000 shells for further transfer to Ukraine. They also plan to contract an additional 300,000 ammunition units, according to Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

According to Fiala, the situation in Ukraine is critical. One of the reasons is that Ukrainian defenders are running out of ammunition, forcing them to make difficult decisions every day.

"This makes it extremely hard to hold their lines — the very lines that will decide the security and future of the whole of Europe," he said.

He also noted that the Czech initiative on shells for Ukraine succeeds because of its deceptive simplicity.

"We are working to secure a further 300,000 rounds and have already contracted the first 180,000. These will be delivered to the Ukrainian front in the coming months," said Fiala.

According to the Prime Minister, about 20 countries have joined the initiative.

800,000 shells for Ukraine

Back in February, Czech President Petr Pavel said that his country had found 800,000 shells for Ukraine, but that funding was needed to transfer them.

Then Ukraine's partners began to announce that they were allocating funds to purchase the shells.

According to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, the first batch of Czech shells was expected in April of this year.