Ukraine to begin mass production of large-caliber ammunition - Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is confident that Ukraine will begin mass production of large-caliber artillery ammunition in the near future.
"Today we are ready to move to the mass production of the most scarce ammunition in the near future," Poroshenko said during the launch of a new site for the production of 152mm artillery shells at joint-stock holding company Artem in Kyiv on Thursday.
He said that the Ukrainian Defense Ministry had drafted at his request a target program for the new production of artillery munitions.
He noted that this is impossible without new equipment, which was not sold to Ukraine in 2013, despite the diplomatic efforts of the leadership of the country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"I can state that there was such a low level of confidence in Ukraine, that the previous Ukrainian authorities were so uncompromising that nobody trusted us and nobody supplied the equipment," Poroshenko said.
He said that new equipment had currently been installed at the Artem plant.
"The newest machines [...] came from Turkey and are already operating. The newest machines arrived. I will not say which countries they came from, because there are conditions of confidentiality, but I can say that many countries of the world today supply the unique equipment that is used by employees of the Ukrainian defense industry," Poroshenko said.
He drew attention to the fact that the seized $1.5 billion, which was stolen from the Ukrainian people by the previous government, was working for Ukraine. He recalled that part of these funds had been spent on the country's defense industry, and "these funds were used to ensure the creation of a complex for the production of ammunition, both artillery and reactive ammunition."
The head of state also noted that artillery had ensured a reliable defense of Ukrainian lands over the past four years of the war.