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Germany says EU won't hit 1-million shell target for Ukraine

"Cautionary voices are now right"

14 November, 13:38

(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, NOV 14 - Germany's defence minister said on Tuesday the EU will not hit a one-year target of sending a million artillery shells to Ukraine, as the bloc struggles to secure arms supplies for Kyiv. The European Union pledged last year to deliver the desperately needed ammunition to Ukraine by March 2024 to help Kyiv battle against Russia's invading forces.
    So far, EU nations have only managed to provide 300,000 rounds from their existing stocks. Countries are now placing joint orders for 155-millimetre shells but there are doubts over the capacity of defence companies to churn out enough in time.
    "Unfortunately, the cautionary voices are now right," German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said at a meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels. (ANSA-AFP).
   

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