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Slovakia to produce 16 Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers for Ukraine

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Slovakia will make 16 Zuzana 2 self-propelled howitzers for Ukraine with money from Germany, Denmark and Norway

PRAGUE, 2 October – RIA Novosti. 16 self-propelled 155mm Zuzana 2 howitzers will be produced in Slovakia for Ukraine, the order will be financed by Germany, Denmark and Norway, an agreement for this was signed by the heads of the Danish defense ministries in Copenhagen on Sunday. and Slovakia, knowledgeable Bratislava TV channel TA3 refers to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic.

“Konštrukta Defense, subordinate of the Slovak Ministry of Defense, will produce 16 Zuzana 2 self-propelled 155 mm howitzers for Ukraine. Denmark, Germany and Norway, which allocate 92 million euros for this purpose, will finance their production. An agreement was signed with Jaroslav Nagy in his Danish counterpart Morten Bedskov.

The delivery of howitzers to Ukraine is expected from the second half of 2023.

“Ukraine needs our help to protect its land and the lives of its citizens, so we are trying to use all the means at the international level to effectively support it,” said the Nadya TV channel. According to the Minister, artillery systems are a key element of combat support in a wide variety of military operations.

In August this year, Slovakia delivered four of the eight Zuzana 2 howitzers to Ukraine, based on a commercial contract signed in June.

Zuzana 2 is a new generation self-propelled howitzer built on TATRA 8×8 wheeled chassis, equipped with a 155 mm gun with a maximum firing range of 41 km and a crew of four. The automatic charging system allows 6 shots per minute.

Russia had previously sent memos to NATO countries for supplying weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would be a legitimate target for Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that the pumping of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.

Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin described his goal as “protecting people who have been subjected to genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” After the liberation of a number of territories, referendums on joining Russia were held in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. In the DPR, 99.23%, in the LPR – 98.42%, in the Kherson region – 87.05%, in the Zaporozhye region – 93.11%. On September 30, Putin spoke in the Kremlin after the results of the referendums in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, after which he signed agreements with their heads on the admission of the regions to Russia.

Source: Ria

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