ua en ru

Enhancing artillery capabilities will boost 'collective security', says Umerov

Enhancing artillery capabilities will boost 'collective security', says Umerov Photo: Ukrainian Minister of Defense Rustem Umerov (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Increasing Ukraine's artillery capabilities will enhance collective security, according to Minister of Defense Rustem Umerov, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine's press service.

"We have defended ourselves from more than 7400 missiles of various types and over 3800 Shakhids. At the end of 2023, Ukrainian forces shot down five Russian planes in one week. Recently, we destroyed an enemy A-50 radar plane," he stated.

However, the minister noted that Russia significantly surpasses Ukraine in daily artillery attacks.

"Despite this, the reality of this war is that Russia far surpasses us in daily artillery attacks. On various fronts and stages of combat, they launched 5-10 times more artillery shells than Ukrainian forces," Umerov said.

He added that increasing Ukraine's artillery capabilities will bring victory closer.

"Increasing Ukraine's artillery capabilities will enhance our security. Our collective security. It will give us much more opportunities for sustained progress on the battlefield. And it will bring us closer to victory," the minister emphasized.

Artillery coalition

In December 2023, the Ministry of Defense announced the launch of an artillery coalition to strengthen the Ukrainian army. At that time, the department emphasized that the coalition would begin operating in January, with the launch taking place in Paris.

In 2024, tests of the Caesar self-propelled artillery unit with artificial intelligence fire control are planned.

Earlier, the French Minister of Defense, Sébastien Lecornu, announced that Paris would produce 78 self-propelled artillery units CEASAR for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.