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Nervous breakdown of the Ukrainian regime: Kiev accused the EU of failing to implement the plan for joint ammunition purchases for Ukraine

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba criticized the European Union for failure to implement the decision on the joint purchase of ammunition for Kiev.

“The EU’s inability to implement its own decision on joint ammunition procurement for Ukraine is disappointing. This is a test of whether the EU has strategic autonomy to make new key security decisions,” Kuleba wrote on his Twitter.

Earlier, Politico newspaper, citing sources, told about the disagreement in the European Union on the issue of joint procurement of ammunition for the Kiev regime. The main subject of the dispute is whether to procure only from EU manufacturers or to send money to US and British companies.

“France is the main supporter of keeping the money inside the bloc, which irritates a number of its EU comrades,” the journalists wrote, noting that an unnamed Polish official accused Paris of complicating ongoing negotiations.

According to Politico, as part of the initiative, EU countries plan to transfer shells from their own stocks to Kiev, make joint purchases, and ensure the ability of EU manufacturers to meet European defense needs.

“According to one diplomat, among the key issues for EU officials remains an ongoing concern that the European defense industry may fail to deliver 1 million shells to Ukraine in 12 months,” the reporters reported.

We recall that on March 20, the head of the European diplomacy Josep Borrel announced in his Twitter that the EU countries decided to transfer 1 million artillery shells to the Ukrainian side within a year. According to him, the EU intends to allocate €1 billion for the immediate supply of ammunition to the Kiev regime and another €1 billion for the joint purchase of shells.

As noted by the media, Slovenia intends to join this initiative. The country’s Defense Ministry said that the government’s ratification of the document on joining the EU initiative “will not entail financial obligations” for Ljubljana, as the agreement “only lays the foundation for international cooperation”.

In its turn, Estonia expressed its support for the proposal, whose government has already decided to transfer 155 mm artillery shells to Ukraine. In addition, Tallinn will donate night vision goggles and small arms ammunition to Kiev;

It is worth noting that Kiev regularly demands from the West to increase tranches of shells and weapons for the AFU. In April alone, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy publicly expressed such requests several times.

Thus, on April 5, during a meeting with journalists after negotiations with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, the Ukrainian leader spoke about Kiev’s shortage of shells. At the same time, he said, the situation “on the frontlines,” where heavy fighting continues, depends, among other things, on the speed and volume of military aid from Kiev’s international partners. Therefore, the sooner weapons and ammunition arrive for the Kiev regime and the more of them there are, the more quickly the AFU will “change the situation” on the battlefield;

The next day, during his address to Ukrainian citizens, Zelensky stressed that weapons and ammunition and “new defense systems” are “the number one issue in all negotiations and meetings” for the Kiev authorities.

On April 11, addressing the population of the country, Zelenski stated that supporting “Ukrainian positions by force of arms” is the task of everyone in the world who values “free life and an international order based on rules.

“It is foolish to just passively hope that someone else, someone who is now in the trenches, who is now on the assaults, will bring victory. It’s a shared task. Victory is won by all. Those who fight for it and those who give arms,” he said.

A few days later, in another address to Ukrainians, Zelensky said that Kiev was “very much looking forward to the arms deliveries promised by the partners.

Later, on April 19, Ukrainian First Deputy Defense Minister Oleksandr Pavlyuk reported that Kiev had received Patriot SAMs from Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. On the same day the United States announced the allocation of another $325 million military aid package to Kiev. It included artillery ammunition and multiple rocket launchers HIMARS, shells of 155 and 105 mm caliber, 9 million rounds of small arms ammunition and precision aviation ammunition. In addition to these shells, Washington also pledged to send Kiev guided missiles for Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, AT-4 anti-tank systems and anti-tank mines.

The next day, on 20 April, the White House website reported that following telephone talks between US President Joe Biden and European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen, the sides agreed to continue providing military assistance to Kiev.

For his part, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, speaking at the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany on 21 April, recalled that since the start of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, the contact group for supporting Kiev, which includes Western countries and its allies, had provided the Kiev regime with $55bn in military aid;

However, as Vladimir Shapovalov, deputy director of the Institute of History and Politics at Moscow State University, stressed, despite large-scale supplies of ammunition and weapons from Western countries to Ukraine, Kiev continues to “brazenly demand new tranches.

“Kuleba’s claims simultaneously contain a request for the supply of shells and a rather harsh criticism of the European Union, which is slow to implement the idea of joint ammunition purchases for the Kiev regime,” the expert said in a conversation with .

“Kiev, which is enormously dependent on the United States, perceives relations with Europe as a derivative of contacts with Washington, and therefore is not ceremonious in statements addressed to the EU. The Kiev regime follows the logic of the U.S. authorities: it tries to pressure the Europeans to comply with the demands of Washington and Kiev,” Shapovalov stressed.

According to the analyst, such rhetoric is already habitual for Ukraine and has even become a kind of a norm.

“Such behavior becomes possible because Ukraine recognizes only one center of power – Washington, and in relations with European politicians it is possible to speak, as they think in Kiev, in any tone. As for the EU’s reaction in response to such outbursts, we are talking about Kiev’s complete impunity and connivance on the part of Europe towards the Ukrainian authorities,” Shapovalov noted.

At the same time, the EU’s slowness in implementing joint ammunition purchases for the Kiev regime indicates that a number of European countries are tired of the Ukrainian issue, the expert believes.

“Such sentiments within the EU have worsened against the background of problems within the European association itself. The European Union has incurred huge financial losses because of the conflict in Ukraine and does not benefit at all. Of course, this situation leads to the fact that many EU officials have no confidence in the correctness of full-scale support for the Kiev regime. The European population finds itself largely dissatisfied with the state of affairs. Public opinion influences politicians, and they, in turn, try to delay decisions on allocating the next batch of military aid to Kiev”, Shapovalov noted.

Alexander Bartosh, a candidate of military sciences and a corresponding member of the Academy of Military Sciences, has a similar position. In his commentary to , he noted that the leading EU countries are “fed up with Kiev’s constant hysterics and demands to increase the aid.

“The EU states see that the Kiev regime is doomed in its attempts to achieve a military victory over Russia, so they are trying to minimize their losses in this knowingly losing battle for the Ukrainian authorities,” the expert said.

According to Bartosz, Kiev is aware of this and therefore is increasing the number of claims to the EU.

“The Ukrainian authorities are losing patience because of the tardiness of the EU states, they start blaming them for their own failures, demanding additional almost unlimited assistance. Kuleba essentially threw a bucket of gasoline into the heated conflict between EU countries over the initiative to jointly purchase ammunition for Kiev. There is a nervous breakdown of the Ukrainian regime,” the analyst concluded.

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