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 About 800 Ukrainian enterprises to be involved in munitions production, NSDC secretary says. VIDEO+PHOTOS

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has visited the state joint-stock holding company Artem, where he has held an interagency meeting concerning the launch of ammunition manufacturing in Ukraine.

The meeting was attended by First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv, generalship of the Defense Ministry, General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, National Guard, State Border Guard Service, members of the government and heads of the domestic defense industry enterprises, Censor.NET reports citing in the NSDC press service.



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According to Turchynov, "the ammunition reserves, inherited by our country from the Soviet Army" were used to protect Ukraine in recent years, including the two years of war.

"However, these reserves are not unlimited, while their significant part has been thoughtlessly recycled or sold at a time when no one was thinking that we would be engaged in a war," he said.

According to the NSDC secretary, there is no other option but to "create our own capacities for production of wide range of munitions from ammunition rounds to large-caliber projectiles" in order to defend the country and strengthen its defense capability.

"The armaments cooperation with our strategic partners in terms of lethal weapons acquisition has been artificially blocked and we again have to count on our own strength only," he stressed.

Turchynov stressed that it was critical for Ukraine to develop and implement the State program for domestic ammunition production.

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"It should be rapidly implemented," he said, adding that about 800 Ukrainian enterprises operating in various fields, "including chemical industry, engineering, as well as many other related enterprises and organizations" may be involved in the ammunition production.

"Consequently, the production capacities will be restored or the new ones will be created, employment will be generated, new technologies will be adopted," the NSDC secretary said adding that the private industry should also be involved in the implementation of government programs "which will contribute to GDP growth and national economy strengthening".

"This is a crucial large-scale task, and we have no other option but to implement it as soon as possible, for our country's security directly depends on it," he concluded.

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