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Estonia to send 155mm artillery ammunition to Ukraine

By Defence Industry Europe

The Ministry of Defence of Estonia announced that the country will send a package of defence support to Ukraine. This includes the 155mm artillery ammunition.

According to a statement published by the Estonian Ministry of Defence, the decision to send ammunition to Ukraine was approved by the government.



“The Estonian initiative to send a million rounds to Ukraine was approved by the EU institutions with unprecedented speed and now Ukraine needs quick decisions from its European Allies to make sure these rounds reach Ukraine. A big step was taken and fast, so now the next step is to pack up ammunition and send it to Ukraine, which is what we are doing with this next aid package,” said Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur.

Tallinn did not specify the number of artillery shells to be transferred to Ukraine.

In addition to 155mm artillery ammunition, Estonia will also send night vision devices and ammunition for small arms to Ukraine.

The batch of artillery ammunition that Tallin intends to transfer to Ukraine will be an Estonian contribution to the implementation of the European Union’s plan to provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine with one million artillery shells over the next 12 months.

In addition to air defence, artillery ammunition is currently Ukraine’s most critical need in their fight against the aggressor. Ukraine fires 60.000-210.000 artillery rounds per month, while the Russian Federation uses up 600.000-1.8 million rounds per month in their attempt to destroy a country and its people. To mitigate this critical gap in capabilities, at the European Council in February, Estonia proposed to EU member states to jointly send Ukraine at least one million 155 mm calibre artillery rounds. The 20 March Foreign Affairs Council joint session of the EU foreign affairs and defence ministers reached agreement to deliver one million rounds of artillery ammunition (incl. 155 mm) to Ukraine within 12 months, i.e. by 20 March 2024.



To date, Estonia has provided Ukraine military aid in the sum of around 400 million euros, which is more than 1% of the Estonian GDP. Donations have included missiles for the Javelin anti-tank missile system, howitzers, anti-tank mines, anti-tank grenade launchers, vehicles, communication equipment, medical supplies, personal protective equipment (helmets, etc.) and dry food packages. In cooperation with Germany, Estonia has donated two field hospitals and medical supplies in the value of 15 million euros. Estonia has donated a third field hospital to Ukraine in cooperation with the Netherlands and Norway, who supported the project with 7.8 million euros.

 




 

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