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Duda hopes ammunition supplies to Ukraine will help prepare for Russian offensive

Duda hopes ammunition supplies to Ukraine will help prepare for Russian offensive Polish President Andrzej Duda (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Poland hopes that large shipments of ammunition to Ukraine will help prepare for a Russian advance, according to the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

"I am pleased that a joint decision has been made on how to support Ukraine, primarily concerning the supply of ammunition. I am glad that a number of European countries have made such a decision to support," he said.

Duda emphasized that Poland has also joined this process.

"We hope that large shipments of ammunition, which will be directed to Ukraine in the near future, will help prepare defense against any further attempts by the Russians to advance," he added.

Czechia allocates ammunition for Ukraine

In recent months, there has been a severe shortage of artillery ammunition in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Due to this reason, Ukrainian soldiers had to retreat from the city of Avdiivka, as well as lose several other settlements in the Donetsk region.

In February, the President of Czechia, Petr Pavel, announced that Prague had found 800,000 artillery ammunition for the military needs of Ukraine: half a million of caliber 155 mm and 300 thousand of caliber 122 mm. However, funds were needed to purchase them.

The initiative was supported by Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, and France. In particular, on March 6, Germany provided a three-digit million amount for the purchase of ammunition. Norway has allocated over $150 million for ammunition.

Recently, Petr Pavel announced that the allies have already found almost all the necessary funds to purchase the announced batch.

At the same time, the Prime Minister of Czehia, Petr Fiala, said that the Czech initiative promised another 200 thousand ammunition for Ukraine on a voluntary basis.