EU to Jointly Procure 1 Million Artillery Shell for Ukraine worth 4 Billion Euro

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  • 11:41 AM, February 24, 2023
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EU to Jointly Procure 1 Million Artillery Shell for Ukraine worth 4 Billion Euro
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The European Union today said a joint EU procurement initiative will be started in the near future to ensure Ukraine receive a million artillery shells worth four billiion euro.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas discussed how to jointly and quickly purchase a million artillery shells for Ukraine for 4 billion euros in Tallinn today.

The European Union (EU) will jointly procure military supplies for Ukraine including ammunition, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during a visit to Tallinn on Friday.

Earlier report said Ukraine was burning through artillery ammunition at a far grater rate than its Western backers were able to replenish stocks.

"We aim to train 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers in the European Union. We will turn to joint procurement to deliver urgent military supplies for Ukraine, such as 155 millimeter ammunition," von der Leyen said at a press conference, adding Europe must ramp up its defense industry to help both Ukraine and replenish Europe's stocks.
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has previously suggested the EU jointly procure weapons for Ukraine, in a similar way it procured coronavirus vaccines for member states.
"Dear Kaja, you so rightly brought attention to this at the last European Council and we are taking action," von der Leyen said.
The president is visiting Tallinn today along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to attend Estonia's 105th Independence Day celebrations. The day is exactly a year since Russia launched its full-scale war on Ukraine.
"Putin has not given up on his goals. He wants a different Europe where Russia can dictate what neighbors do. He is not preparing for peace, he is preparing for more war. So we must give Ukraine what they need to prevail," Stoltenberg said.

EU to Jointly Procure 1 Million Artillery Shell for Ukraine worth 4 Billion Euro
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