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Sweden pledges $33 million to Czech ammunition initiative for Ukraine

by Martin Fornusek and The Kyiv Independent news desk March 14, 2024 7:04 PM 1 min read
Ukrainian soldiers of the 71th Brigade fire shells in the direction of Avdiivka.
Ukrainian soldiers of the 71th Brigade fire shells in the direction of Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on Feb. 18, 2024. (Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu via Getty Images)
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Sweden joined the Czech-led initiative to supply Ukraine with hundreds of thousands of artillery shells, pledging 30 million euros ($32.6 million) to the cause, the Swedish embassy in Czechia announced on March 14.

Czech President Petr Pavel said in February that Prague had identified 500,000 155 mm shells and 300,000 122 mm shells outside Europe that could be bought and sent to Ukraine after the necessary funds were allocated to the initiative.

"Finally we can go official: Sweden is joining the Czech initiative to supply Ukraine with much needed artillery ammunition," the embassy said on social media.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that the initiative secured the purchase of 300,000 shells and received nonbinding commitments for 200,000 more.

According to Fiala's security advisor, Tomas Pojar, the rounds could start flowing to Ukraine by June.

Artillery shells are a crucial capability for Ukraine as the country faces critical ammunition shortages. Delays in U.S. military assistance, caused by disputes in Congress, have already had a direct impact on the battlefield, contributing to the loss of the key front-line city of Avdiivka.

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