Ukraine, like the whole world, is now experiencing a shortage of ammunition, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said in an interview with the Financial Times on October 24.
“We have a huge shortage of ammunition not only in Ukraine, but throughout the world,” the politician emphasized.
According to the Ukrainian Prime Minister, this indicates that the country must organize the production of ammunition on its territory.
“We understand that we must produce them here in Ukraine, because all over the world they are over, depleted. All warehouses are empty,” Shmygal added.
The publication, citing an unnamed official, notes that Ukraine will not be able to quickly organize the production of shells, including due to the global “shortage of gunpowder,” Gazeta.Ru clarifies.
Earlier in October, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba noted that more than 50 companies from 23 countries had joined the international alliance of defense industries, the creation of which was announced by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in September. According to Kuleba, by creating this community, Ukraine encouraged NATO member countries to produce more weapons.
In addition, on October 12, Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak said that Kyiv has prototypes of missiles with a flight range of up to 1 thousand km. He noted that Ukraine intends to achieve parity in armaments with the Russian Federation, therefore it will expand its existing production facilities by attracting Western investment.
On September 30, Kuleba said that the country was already producing 155-mm NATO caliber shells.
Western countries have increased military and financial support for Kyiv against the backdrop of the Russian special operation to protect Donbass, which has been ongoing since February 24, 2022. The corresponding decision was made in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the region.