EU helps Ukraine with ammo in three ways, Commission’s president says
European Commission's President Ursula von der Leyen, a video grab

The European Union is providing Ukraine with ammunition it critically needs in three different ways, the EU commission’s president said on Tuesday.

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Speaking in Kyiv alongside Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ursula von der Leyen stressed that EU assistance in meeting Ukraine's ammunition needs is a "priority".

The fastest way is the immediate transfer of ammunition from EU member states’ stockpiles, she said.

"We have allocated EUR 1 billion for this purpose, and it is working. Significant stockpiles of ammunition have already been transferred or are on their way to Ukraine," Ms von der Leyen told a press conference.

"But we urgently need to do more."

The other two mechanisms include allocating EUR 1 billion for the purchase of 155-mm and 152-mm ammunition for Ukraine and increasing and accelerating EU members’ ammo production.

In March, the EU agreed on a plan to purchase ammunition for Ukraine for EUR 2 billion, with the aim of providing a million artillery rounds.

It was finalised last week, when the member states settled a dispute regarding the joint procurement of ammo.