16:44 30 Apr 2023

Czechia seeks to increase arms supplies to Ukraine – Czech president

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In cooperation with other partners, the Czech Republic will look for ways to increase the supply of ammunition to Ukraine.

The President of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel, stated this, according to Czech News.

"From the meetings, I held in Ukraine – and there were many of them, both at the central level and the level of one region – it became clear that the most important thing for a successful defense of Ukraine today is ammunition," Pavel said after arriving at the Prague-Kbely military airport.

According to him, Ukraine is experiencing an acute shortage of ammunition, and the country needs to launch a counteroffensive against Russia and restore control over its territory.

"Of course, technology is also in short supply, but the critical shortage of ammunition limits Ukraine's ability to defend itself effectively and, to some extent, limits its ability to conduct a successful counter-offensive. And suppose they want to regain control over the occupied territory, which Russia has aggressively held for over a year. In that case, there is really no other way but a counteroffensive," he said.

According to him, the Russian occupiers have an advantage in artillery barrels and rocket launchers. Still, mostly only in the amount of ammunition – they shoot four to five times more than the Ukrainians daily.

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It should be noted that the President of Slovakia, Zuzana Čaputová, arrived in Ukraine on the morning of April 28 together with the President of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel. For Pavel, this was his first visit to Ukraine as a state leader.

After the first day of trips to the north of Kyiv region and key meetings in the capital, the presidents stayed overnight. This is a relatively rare occasion for visits by top foreign officials during a full-scale war.

On the evening of April 28, they had to hold one of the meetings in a shelter because of a new air alarm.

On Saturday, April 29, Petr Pavel went to the Dnipropetrovsk region, where the Czech Republic will focus its support.

According to Czech mass media, the president crossed the western border of Ukraine around 9 am on Sunday and will give a press conference in the Czech Republic in the afternoon.


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