Last year, Ukraine significantly ramped up its weapons production, with the country’s strategic industries minister in Kyiv revealing that the output tripled. Currently, there are 500 companies active in Ukraine’s defense sector.

This surge in production is part of Kyiv’s efforts to bolster its defenses against the ongoing invasion by Moscow, which has persisted for two years. The strategy involves enhancing domestic arms manufacturing and fostering innovation.

According to Oleksandr Kamyshin, who spoke at a televised conference in Kyiv, this initiative includes the participation of 100 state-owned and 400 private companies. Furthermore, plans are underway to substantially increase ammunition production this year. In a related development, Ukraine’s digital minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, highlighted that 90% of the drones deployed against Russian forces on the battlefield originated from Ukrainian production.

Additionally, Ukraine’s interior minister, Ihor Klymenko, emphasized during the conference that despite the invasion, no weapons have been illicitly transferred from Ukraine into the European Union over the past two years.