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Minister of Defense of the Netherlands calls to intensify arms production in Ukraine

Kajsa Ollongren. Source: Oleh Tymoshenko/The Kyiv Independent

Dutch Minister of Defense Kajsa Ollongren has said that Ukraine needs to increase weapons production. According to her, this can only be achieved if Ukraine works on all possible options.

Ollongren emphasized that Europe and the United States should also take care of increasing arms production. She said this in an interview with Ukrinform.

The head of the defense ministry said that Ukraine's European partners understand how difficult the situation at the front is due to the lack of ammunition for the Ukrainian military. However, she expressed confidence that the arms shortage would be overcome.

She paid special attention to air defense. Ollongren stated that the terrorist country Russia uses a lot of missiles, drones, and aerial bombs, from which Ukraine has to defend its cities and civilians. According to her, the Netherlands is already working to increase the production of various weapons systems.

"On the part of the Netherlands, we are very actively cooperating with our industry, with our manufacturers, to make sure that they increase production, that we open new production lines, that we make joint purchases, which are large orders for Ukraine," Ollongren said.

At the same time, she emphasized that the most effective way to overcome the ammunition shortage is to increase weapons production in Ukraine.

"I think we should try everything. We must work on production in Ukraine, we must work on production in Europe, the United States, and other countries. We also have to see if we can find more existing stocks that can be used. So we are working on all possible options," Ollongren said.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine will soon use long-range drones against Russia, which can attack the Urals and the Arctic. UAVs with a range of up to 2,000 km and even 3,300 km should make up for Kyiv's shortage of medium- and long-range missiles.

As a reminder, the Dutch government will allocate another 2 billion euros for military aid to Ukraine in 2024. Of this amount, 250 million euros will go to the Czech Republic's initiative to purchase artillery shells for the Ukrainian Defense Forces.

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