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EU pledges €1 billion to boost ammo production for Ukraine

The European Commission has committed a billion euros to increasing ammunition production and aid Ukraine in its war with Russia.

The Act in Support of Ammunition Production (ASAP) has been adopted to provide ammunition and missiles to Ukraine, and help EU Member States refill their stocks.

As far back as October of last year, it was reported that NATO member states – many of which are in the EU – are experiencing a critical weapons and munitions shortage after pouring huge amounts of their stocks into Ukraine.

NATO experiencing weapon shortage after pouring arms into Ukraine

The topic of strained weapons supply is reportedly coming up “all the time” among NATO countries – particularly smaller ones – according to Estonian Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur last year.

This new Act is hoping to address this issue, while continuing to aid the embattled Eastern European country in its conflict with Russia.

By introducing targeted measures, including financing, the Act aims to ramp up the EU’s production capacity and address the current shortage of ammunition and missiles, as well as their components. It also aims to strengthen the responsiveness and ability of the Union’s defence industry to ensure the timely supply of ammunition and missiles in Europe.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, reiterated the fact that the EU would “stand by our promise to support Ukraine…for as long as it takes” – a claim previously also made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

However, she added: “But Ukraine’s brave soldiers need sufficient military equipment to defend their country. Europe is stepping up its support.”

“Together with the Member States, we will mobilise a further 1 billion euro to ramp up capacities across Europe,” von der Leyen said.

“This is a critical part of Europe‘s strategic capacity to defend its interests and values, and help maintain peace on our continent.”

According to a report last week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), total global military spending has reached an all-time record high as of last year, with Europe returning to “Cold War levels” of arms expenditure.

As of earlier this year, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky has asked Ireland to send more non-lethal military equipment to assist his country, in addition to the gear and equipment already supplied earlier in the war.

Certain government Junior Ministers have already called on the Irish government to send lethal anti-tank weaponry to Ukraine.

According to Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), criminals across Europe have already begun to acquire military arms which were meant to go to Ukrainian forces to help with their war against Russia.



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