Ukrainian PM Shmyhal meets with 5 EU leaders to discuss air defense and ammunition purchases

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal meets with EU leaders
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal meets with EU leaders

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal met with a group of European Union leaders in Prague on May 28 to discuss military support for Ukraine, including the supply of air defense systems and artillery shells, Shmyhal reported on Facebook.

Shmyhal met with Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, Latvian Prime Minister Evika Siliņa, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Polish President Andrzej Duda.

The first topic of discussion was the Czech initiative to supply Ukraine with artillery ammunition, which has now collected over €1.6 billion. Shmyhal emphasized the importance of timely, systematic, and scheduled delivery of ammunition starting in June.

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The second key issue was ensuring Ukraine receives air defense systems. Shmyhal highlighted Ukraine’s urgent need for at least seven Patriot systems and modern combat aircraft.

He added that Kyiv expects to receive its first F-16 fighter jets this summer.

Shmyhal also expressed Ukraine’s interest in establishing joint ventures, technology transfers, and financing domestic production capabilities.

He thanked the European Union for creating the Ukraine Assistance Fund within the European Peace Facility.

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"We believe it is essential to quickly establish a mechanism where our partners purchase weapons for the Ukrainian army from Ukrainian manufacturers with subsequent compensation from this Fund," Shmyhal said.

The participants discussed the upcoming Global Peace Summit, set to take place in Switzerland on June 15-16.

The high-level talks "will yield very positive results for Ukraine on the battlefield and in achieving a just peace," Shmyhal said.

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