“The Ministry of Defense in 2023 will increase the purchase of UAVs for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Taking into account the needs and requests of the Ukrainian army, in 2023 about 20 billion hryvnias ($ 544 million -


) should be directed to this segment, ”the press service of the department said in a Telegram message.

Earlier, an adviser to the office of Vladimir Zelensky, Mikhail Podolyak, said that the Ukrainian side was negotiating the transfer of long-range artillery and aviation to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The El País newspaper, citing Yuriy Ignat, an official representative of the Ukrainian Air Force Command, reported that Ukraine called on international partners to send 24 fighter jets as part of a new military assistance package.