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Czech Republic to deliver more attack helicopters and ammunition to Ukraine

Source: Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), Defence Industry Europe

The Czech Republic plans to send Ukraine more attack helicopters from its military stocks.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced the latest military aid for Ukraine on Friday after meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Prague.

Zelensky thanked the Czech Republic for its support for his country during Russia’s full-scale military invasion. He said the Czech Republic had provided as much military aid to Ukraine as some much larger European countries.

The Czech Republic donated a number of Soviet-designed Mi-24 helicopter gunships to Ukraine more than a year ago.

In addition, Fiala said that hundreds of thousands of rounds of large-calibre ammunition would be made available to Ukraine in the coming months.

 




Fiala said that the Czech Republic will also help train Ukrainian pilots to fly advanced US F-16 fighter jets by providing flight simulators. The country does not possess any actual F-16 aircraft, however.

Czech and Ukrainian officials also signed an agreement on future joint arms production by Czech and Ukrainian companies.

Zelensky arrived in Prague on Thursday for an unannounced two-day visit. Czech President Petr Pavel received him with military honours at Prague Castle on Thursday evening.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, more than 500,000 Ukrainians have received temporary protection in the Czech Republic, according to Interior Ministry data. According to estimates, around 300,000 people are still in the Czech Republic.

 

Source: dpa.

 

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