152mm DANA M2 howitzer shells donated by the Czechs to Ukraine
PRAGUE, ($=21.86 Czech Korunas) — The Czech Republic has approved a decision to donate thousands of 152-mm artillery ammunition to Ukraine’s armed forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Czech Ministry of Defense and mil.in.ua. Such a decision to donate 4,000 artillery shells to Ukraine was made by the Czech government on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
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“We have long been cooperating with Ukraine and supporting its path to democracy. We have a relatively wide range of possibilities, from political and diplomatic support to specific events, such as the donation of ammunition, which I consider an important gesture of solidarity,” said the Czech Minister of Defense.
The donated ammunition is used by the Czech Army for self-propelled howitzers DANA. According to Defense Ministry spokesman Jakub Finor, the Czech army has enough such shells and cannot be used in new weapons the country buys in France. He stressed that shells destined for Ukraine are not “unnecessary property”.
The purpose of the gift is to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities, which sought help in response to the concentration of Russia’s significant military potential near Ukraine’s borders, the Czech Defense Ministry said.
On Wednesday, January 26, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba thanked the countries for providing additional defense support to Ukraine. If necessary, the Czech Republic can send a group of troops to Ukraine to help Ukraine.
The Czech defense minister has said no one has asked about the Czech military so far, but if the Ukrainian authorities receive such a request, the Czech Republic will consider it.
We recall that in 2021 the Czech wheeled self-propelled artillery installation 152 mm DANA M2 on the Tatra chassis successfully passed all the tests of the Ukrainian military, including fire.
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