Czech Defence Minister on aid to Ukraine: military stocks already depleted

By Defence Industry Europe

Czech Defence Minister Jana Černochová stated that the Czech army's stockpiles have been depleted, and there is no longer as much military equipment as the Czech Republic would like to send to Ukraine.


“In the army’s reserves, there is not much military material left that the Czech Republic could send to Ukraine,” Černochová said on the programme ‘Otázky Václava Moravce’ on Czech Television on Saturday.

However, she mentioned that defence companies are receiving export licenses, and material worth tens of billions of korunas has been sent to Russia-attacked Ukraine from private enterprises and donors.



Černochová also mentioned that over 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been trained this year in the Czech Republic or Poland by Czech instructors. She affirmed that the Czech Republic would continue to offer similar assistance.

“We don’t have many military materials left that we could send to Ukraine. On the other hand, we will try to compensate for the inability to send material from our stocks, as we do not want to jeopardize our defence capability, with export licenses that we grant to private companies,” Černochová remarked.


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According to the minister, the Czech Republic has free production capacities to help Ukraine through private companies, a fact known to international partners.

“The Czech Republic is a very popular country for various collaborations, initiatives,” she noted. For instance, nearly 50 infantry fighting vehicles, 2,500 pistols, 7,000 rifles, 500 light machine guns, and 500 sniper rifles were sent to Ukraine with Danish funding through the Czech Republic.

As per information published on the website of the Czech Ministry of Defence, since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the Czech Republic has provided Ukraine with military equipment worth 241.5 million euros.



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