Brussels, November 11, 2023 – In a decisive move to fortify Ukraine’s defense, EU defense ministers are scheduled to convene on November 13 in Brussels to discuss the ongoing commitment to supply essential ammunition. A senior European official, speaking on condition of anonymity, provided insights into the progress made so far.
The official revealed that the ammunition initiative, initiated in March last year, has seen significant results, with the first track’s implementation completed by the end of May. The data indicates that 300,000 ammunition rounds have been supplied to Ukraine since February, marking 30% of the planned 1 million.
The EU’s approach involves both joint projects and joint procurement through the European Defense Agency or the lead country approach. The official emphasized that the figures for the second track are still being compiled, but the trend is promising in terms of jointly purchased ammunition to be delivered to Ukraine by the end of this year or early next year.
Apart from the joint efforts, ammunition is also being procured on a national basis, adding to the substantial support provided. The official reiterated the EU’s determination to transfer all necessary ammunition to Ukraine promptly. However, he acknowledged that the main challenge lies in the industrial potential, prompting the establishment of a third track.
To address this, the European Commission is actively working on a new European strategy for the defense industry. The official emphasized the need to support the industry effectively within the EU, enabling it to enhance its production capacity and meet the demands of supplying ammunition to Ukraine.
In conclusion, the senior European official reaffirmed the commitment to supporting Ukraine and ensuring the timely provision of the required ammunition.