Czech Republic backtracks on finding cash to buy 800,000 shells for Ukraine – POLITICO

Prague is leading an initiative to purchase 500,000 artillery shells of 155 mm caliber and 300,000 artillery shells of 122 mm caliber for Kiev. A total of 18 countries have agreed to finance the purchases under the Czech Republic-led initiative. While some governments – including Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands – have announced actual financial … Read more

Macron doesn’t rule out sending Western troops to Ukraine – POLITICO

“It is a recognition of the challenge that Ukraine faces, and that a little more is given, it is an honor for the French. They have long been a concern [about purchases from non-EU countries]and it is a sign that they are willing to be pragmatic,” said Mujtaba Rahman, Europe head of the Eurasia Group. … Read more

Slovak PM says EU, NATO members weighing sending troops to Ukraine – POLITICO

“I can’t say for what purpose or what they would do there.” According to Fico, the war in Ukraine is not going as expected: “This [Paris] The meeting is a confirmation that the West’s Ukrainian strategy has completely failed,” he said, without giving details. Speaking after a meeting of the Slovak Security Council and Cabinet … Read more