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NATO Agrees Multi-Billion-Dollar Military Contract To Supply Ukraine With Ammunition

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has announced it has signed a multi-billion-dollar contract to purchase hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition to replenish the ammunition reserves of the Ukrainian armed forces. 


 


The agreement, signed by NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the General Manager of NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) Stacy Cummings on Tuesday morning, will allow for the purchase of 220,000 rounds of 155-millimetre ammunition, which is the most widely demanded artillery shell, according to the NSPA.


 


The agreement “demonstrates that NATO’s tried and tested structures for joint procurement are delivering,” stated Jens Stoltenberg upon announcing the agreement. “Russia’s war in Ukraine has become a battle for ammunition, so it is important that Allies refill their own stocks, as we continue to support Ukraine.” 


 


“This is important to defend our own territory, to build up our own stocks, but also to continue to support Ukraine,” he continued, adding, “We cannot allow [the Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin to win in Ukraine… That would be a tragedy for the Ukrainians and dangerous for all of us.” 


 


The required ammunition will arrive after some time, as munitions orders usually take 24 to 36 months to deliver. 


 


The agreement follows growing concern about the ability of Western nations to continue supplying the Ukrainian armed forces with the ammunition and munitions required to combat the Russian army. One senior NATO military official, Admiral Rob Bauer, warned back in October last year that “the bottom of the barrel is now visible” for several of Ukraine’s Western allies. 


 


The European Union had made similar plans to supply Ukraine with up to one million artillery rounds, shells, and missiles by March this year. However, the initiative has yet to get off the ground, with just one-third of the target achieved so far. Senior EU Officials expect the continent’s defence industry to be capable of producing one million shells by the end of 2024. 


Ukrainian soldiers were firing on average between 4,000 to 7,000 artillery shells every day during the summer of 2023, according to European Union estimates. However, these figures pale in comparison to those of the Russian armed forces, with estimates suggesting Putin’s troops fired more than 20,000 artillery shells daily during the same period.


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