The European Union's top diplomat warned Sunday that Ukraine's available ammunition is critically low, and Europe needs to solve the shortage quickly.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that allies have been taking up too much time with decisions on battle tanks for Ukraine, while the ammunition situation grew dire.
"Don’t confuse the short-term objectives with the medium terms purposes. Short-term, very short-term, more ammunitions to Ukraine," Borrell said, during a speech at the Munich Security Conference.
Borrell said the ammunition issue needed to be addressed in "a matter of weeks.”
"The Ukrainians have a lot of applause and not enough ammunitions. That’s the paradox. They need to get less applause and better supplied with arms," Borrell said, of Kyiv's global reception.
"The Ukrainians are fighting, paying the highest price with their lives, but this war happens on European soil, affects us and has a global impact around the world, which also affects our security,” he continued.
He said EU has been slow in providing military aid to Ukraine and that future deliveries cannot be done by joint procurements, which he argued are too time-consuming: "We have to use what we have, what the member states have."
Some background: CNN reported last week that Ukraine is burning through ammunition faster than the US and NATO can produce it.
The US and its allies have already sent nearly $50 billion in aid and equipment to Ukraine’s military over the past year.
Yet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that the “current rate of Ukraine’s ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production,” which is putting “our defense industries under strain.”
Much of that strain is being shouldered by American defense contractors. Even as the US embarks on an historic effort to re-arm, there are questions about whether it’ll be enough. As Ukraine prepares for a much-anticipated spring offensive in the coming weeks, the US is still years away from reaching its expected level of increased weapons production.
CNN's Haley Britzky and Oren Liebermann contributed to this report.