Theo Fox News, Oleksiy Reznikov added that the UAVs that Ukraine wants to buy will have reconnaissance and attack purposes. The statement was made on January 30 (local time).
During the 11 months of the conflict, Ukraine has received a significant supply of UAVs from its allies, including Turkish missile-armed Bayraktar TB2s and Black Hornet surveillance drones from Norway.
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov – Photo: REUTERS
Now, Ukraine will promote the domestic production of UAVs to serve the plan to build an army of UAVs, according to Reuters news.
“The independence of the military-industrial complex is one of the factors that make up the country’s defense capabilities,” Reznikov wrote on Facebook.
Ukraine’s military also said last week that it would start establishing attack drone companies in its armed forces. The Ministry of Defense has received proposals for 75 types of UAVs that Ukraine can produce.
Meanwhile, according to SBS News, Australia and France have just reached an agreement on cooperation in the production of ammunition to support Ukraine. The statement was made on January 30 in Paris by Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles.
Under the agreement, 155mm ammunition will be sent to Ukraine. The Australian side affirmed that the production of this ammunition demonstrates the growing relationship between Australia and France.
The event comes six months after Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit to France, in an effort to mend relations after Australia canceled a billion-dollar submarine contract with France.
Kremlin warns the West
Theo Reuters, Also on January 30, Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov warned about Western countries sending weapons to Ukraine when it “demands more weapons”, the latest is a public proposal of the Deputy Minister of Ukrainian diplomat Andrily Melnyk towards Germany about a submarine.
Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov – Photo: REUTERS
“It’s a deadlock situation: It leads to a significant escalation, leading to NATO countries becoming more and more directly involved in the conflict. But it is unlikely to change the course of events.” – said Mr. Peskov.
He also said that the West is encouraging Ukraine’s demands by declaring its readiness to provide such weapons.