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Slovak Citizens Raise Nearly $2 Million for Ukraine Ammo

In three days, Slovak citizens have raised over $1.6 million for the Czech ammunition initiative, after Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico declined to participate in the push to support Ukraine.

The initiative, started in February by Czech President Petr Pavel, aims to procure and deliver 500,000 155 mm shells and 300,000 122 mm shells to Ukraine, provided adequate funding is secured.

Amid reports of a critical ammunition shortage facing Ukrainian forces, President Volodymyr Zelensky highlighted the severity of the situation on April 16, stating that Russia’s shelling occurs at a disproportionate rate, estimated at around 10:1.

Countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Poland, France, Denmark, and Slovenia have already contributed funds to the initiative, demonstrating international support for Ukraine’s defense.

The organizers of the Slovak fundraising campaign expressed discontent with their government’s decision not to participate, stating on their website: “We refuse to accept this stance. We believe it does not reflect the will of the majority of Slovak citizens, who want to support Ukraine.”

Over 23,000 individuals have donated to the campaign, including former Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok, who lost in Slovakia’s presidential election on April 6. Korcok emphasized that supporting Ukraine is essential for regional stability, lamenting the lack of government support for Kyiv.

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