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Finnish Defense Minister calls on West to ‘immediately’ find money for grenades for Ukraine

Finnish Defense Minister Antti Häkkänen calls on the West to increase military support to Ukraine and “immediately” find money for grenades.

Source: European Pravda with reference to Yle

Details: According to Häkkänen, Europe has not realized the seriousness of the war through the prism of history and has not given Ukraine enough support.

The EU aims to supply Ukraine with one million artillery shells this year. The Czech Republic previously reported that it had found 800,000 artillery ammunition in countries outside the EU. The country has asked other EU and NATO countries to help finance the tender. The estimated value of the ammunition is approximately €1.3 billion. No decision has yet been made on financing.

Quote from Häkkänen: “Funds must be found immediately to support armaments in Ukraine.”

More detail: Finland’s Defense Minister also emphasized the importance of increasing domestic arms production in the EU. Some progress has already been made in this regard, Häkkänen said.

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“European countries have managed to increase their own production and are close to achieving this goal,” he said.

Background:

  • The Czech initiative to purchase 800,000 grenades for Ukraine outside the EU, which is jointly financed by a number of states, will be able to make the first deliveries to Kiev within a few weeks.

  • The Czech Defense Ministry previously said it was coordinating the efforts and had received preliminary commitments from Canada and Denmark, as well as other countries that asked not to be named.

  • The Netherlands publicly confirmed its participation by donating €250 million for the purchase of ammunition.

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