Japan is negotiating for U.S. shells to be handed over to AFU for counterattack - WSJ
Japan is considering the possibility of U.S. supplies of artillery shells for 155mm guns to replenish supplies for the Ukrainian Armed Forces' counterattack. So far, Tokyo has only provided Kyiv with non-lethal assistance.
This is stated in the material of The Wall St Journal. It is noted that the ammunition could be provided under a 2016 agreement that allows Japan and the U.S. to exchange weapons as part of their longstanding security alliance.
Earlier, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in talks with Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, praised Tokyo for its non-lethal military support to Ukraine and said additional assistance would be welcome.
Recall: in May, the Japanese government decided to provide Ukraine with about 100 trucks for the use of the AFU. Also Tokyo plans to transfer rations to Ukrainian military personnel.
In addition, Japanese authorities have expressed their willingness to accept injured Ukrainian military personnel. This shows Japan's readiness to assist and support Ukraine during this difficult period.
"The first two vehicles are already on their way to Ukraine, the others will follow after undergoing a technical inspection and necessary training. For the first time in Japan's post-war history, the Self-Defense Forces are handing over military equipment to a country at war. To be continued," Ukrainian Ambassador to Tokyo Sergiy Korsunskiy emphasized the historical significance of the event.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, President Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. During the call, he shared information about the consequences of the occupants' bombing of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant and spoke about his visit to the southern regions of Ukraine suffering from this tragedy.