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Germany to fund purchase of 180,000 shells for Ukraine under Czech initiative

Germany to fund purchase of 180,000 shells for Ukraine under Czech initiative Boris Pistorius (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Germany, as part of its assistance to Ukraine, will pay for the purchase of 180,000 munitions under the Czech initiative, announced German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius.

According to him, Germany will cover the costs of purchasing 180,000 munitions, which Czechia will be supplying to Ukraine as part of its initiative.

"The deliveries will take place gradually and will begin in the summer," the minister said.

He also stated that Germany has contracted an additional 100,000 155mm munitions at the national level. The minister clarified that these deliveries to Ukraine are planned to start this year.

Czechia finds batch of ammunition for Ukraine

In February, Czech President Petr Pavlo declared that Prague had found 800,000 artillery munitions for Ukraine's military needs: half a million of 155mm caliber and 300,000 of 122mm caliber. However, funds were needed for their purchase.

The initiative was supported by Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, and France. For instance, on March 6, Germany provided a three-digit million sum for purchasing munitions. Norway also contributed over $150 million for munitions.

In early March, Pavlo announced that allies had already raised nearly all the necessary funds for the announced batch.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Czechia is using contacts from the Cold War era to obtain the necessary munitions for Ukraine. Prague is purchasing them from countries that are allies of Moscow.