NATO countries are increasing artillery munitions production as Ukraine consumes shells much faster. According to the alliance, the West can produce them, which has pledged to deliver at least 48 Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv.
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said to reporters, “Things are happening, but we need to do more because there is a great need for ammunition in Ukraine.” following a two-day meeting of alliance defense ministers in Brussels.
He noted that NATO members such as the United States, France, Germany, and Norway had signed contracts for munitions, allowing them to replenish their stocks while also supplying Kyiv, which has given ground to an escalating Russian offensive.
Even before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, last year, many NATO member countries had fallen short of the alliance’s munitions stockpile targets.
The rapid pace of deliveries to Ukraine, where troops fire up to 10,000 artillery shells daily, has depleted Western inventories even further. Simultaneously, plans to supply Kyiv with two battalions of Leopard 2 tanks are coming together.
According to German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, Western nations have pledged 48 Leopard 2 tanks for Kyiv, including one battalion of 31 older Leopard 2 A4 tanks, the delivery of which is being coordinated by Poland.