(Bloomberg) -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the European Union has so far only delivered about a third of the artillery ammunition the bloc pledged for his country.  

Ukraine has received 30% of the million artillery shells the EU had previously promised to deliver by March, Zelenskiy said Monday at a joint press conference in Kyiv with Bulgarian Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov. The EU’s current plan is to reach the target by the end of the year.

With Russia’s invasion now in its third year, the Ukrainian authorities are looking for weapons lifelines as a vital US military aid package is stuck in Congress, leaving troops short of ammunition.

Zelenskiy’s appraisal appears to deviate from figures given by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Speaking alongside the Ukrainian leader on Sunday, the EU executive arm’s chief told reporters that the bloc had already delivered more than a half a million rounds.

Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur said in January that only a third of the promised EU rounds had been delivered to Ukraine.

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