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EU chief calls for ‘war economy’

EU chief calls for ‘war economy’

The European bloc will double its production of artillery shells by the end of 2024, Charles Michel said

European Council President Charles Michel said on Monday that the EU must rethink its military strategy and drastically increase its defense production to help Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia. He made the call as Kiev increasingly warned of ammunition shortages.

“Russia is a serious military threat to our European continent and global security. If we don’t get the right response from the EU and give Ukraine enough support to stop Russia, it’s our turn.” Michel wrote in an op-ed published in La Libre Belgique newspaper and Euractiv news website.

This was claimed by the head of the EU “Europe has failed to invest enough in our security and defense for decades,” and now urgently needs a “A radical and irreversible shift in our thinking towards strategic security thinking.”

We must therefore be prepared for defense and switch to a “war economy” mode. It’s time to take responsibility for our safety. We can no longer count on others or be at the mercy of election cycles in the US or elsewhere.

The bloc’s defense production has increased by 50% since the start of the conflict in February 2022, Michel said, adding that the bloc will “Double ammunition production to over 2 million shells per year by the end of next year.”

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The EU is scrambling to get enough weapons and ammunition for Kiev’s needs, as Ukrainian and international politicians and experts, as well as soldiers on the battlefield, blame a lack of territory for territory losses to Russia. Shipments were further delayed as US President Joe Biden’s $61 billion aid package stalled in Congress due to a political battle between Democrats and Republicans. The bill remains on hold due to opposition from some GOP lawmakers.

The situation with the supply of Western air defense systems is particularly dire, according to the New York Times. The newspaper cited an official US assessment from early February that without replenishment, Ukraine’s air defenses could only operate until March 2024.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy again called for more deliveries and warned in February that an “artificial shortage of weapons” It would only help Russia.

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