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Defense Ministry: Ukraine ramping up production of kamikaze drones due to shell shortages

Ukraine responds to artillery shell shortages by intensifying kamikaze drone production, focusing on defense industry collaboration with Western companies, as per Deputy Defense Minister.
A Ukrainian soldier trains to operate an FPV drone. Credit: Separate brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Defense Ministry: Ukraine ramping up production of kamikaze drones due to shell shortages

Ukraine is ramping up the production of one-way attack “kamikaze” drones to compensate for the lack of artillery shells at the front, the country’s Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Ivan Havryliuk told BBC.

He also noted that Ukraine was boosting its own production of artillery rounds “for almost the entire range” of its Soviet-era weapons.

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According to Havryliuk, Ukraine aims to bolster its defense industry by collaborating with Western companies to jointly manufacture ammunition within its borders, which was the focus of negotiations with US arms companies during the recent visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the US.

The Deputy Minister says Ukraine cannot match Russia in terms of resources and manpower, underscoring the importance of striving for technological superiority as the primary objective.

Minister: Ukraine makes tens of thousands of drones per month

Commenting on the delays in adopting substantial packages of the EU and US aid for Ukraine, General Havryliuk expressed Kyiv’s confidence that its international partners would set aside political differences to continue providing aid to Ukraine, as they have done in the past.

Earlier, the commander of Ukraine’s Tavria operational and strategic grouping of troops, Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, said frontline Ukrainian troops face artillery shell shortages and have scaled back some military operations as foreign aid remains insufficient.

US Senate Republicans anticipate no agreement on President Joe Biden’s proposed $60 billion military aid package for Ukraine before Christmas. Meanwhile, the EU is devising an alternative plan to unlock its four-year aid package to Ukraine, vetoed by Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán.

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