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PM Shmyhal: Ukrainian ammunition production grew significantly in 2023

by Sonya Bandouil February 14, 2024 1:56 AM 1 min read
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal delivers a speech to the Verkhovna Rada on Oct. 6, 2023. (Andrii Nesterenko/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Last year, Ukraine saw notable growth in domestic ammunition production, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced on Feb. 13 during a meeting of government officials.

The production of mortar shells increased 42 times in 2023, and artillery shells production more than doubled. Shmyhal said he expects even more growth to occur in 2024.

"We expect a new high in growth in 2024. Deregulation, which has already been carried out, will contribute to this," he said.

Shmyhal said that Ukraine has established a defense-industrial committee which aims to encourage and coordinate internal production, provide development incentives, and increase joint defense ventures with global partners. He said the committee held its inaugural session last week.

"We have established clear algorithms for the development and commissioning of products," Shmyhal said.

"This will attract even more Ukrainian manufacturers to fulfill defense orders."

Shmyhal said on Jan. 3 that one of the country's key goals for 2024 is to increase defense production by six times its current capacity. The government hopes to prioritize domestic manufacturers in its effort.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Dec. 19, 2023, that Ukraine aims to produce one million drones in 2024.

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