Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the wave of solidarity with Ukraine has been growing. Finally, the calls for help from the Ukrainian president – he had already asked for military support and arms for defense before Putin’s attack – are being answered, it seems. The international community of Western countries now wants to support the suffering country more with the delivery of military goods. According to British information – the conference was held under British leadership – 20 states agreed to support Ukraine in their virtual donor conference on Friday evening hardest hour with “military and humanitarian aid”. The British Defense Ministry tweeted that it was considering every option to help Kyiv defend itself against “President Putin’s groundless and illegal invasion”.
British ministry sources said the military support would include ammunition and anti-tank weapons. Great Britain also offered to use “logistical operations” to bring the donations to Ukraine.
Denmark announced that it wants to send 2,000 bulletproof vests and 700 medical bags to Ukraine.
Czech Republic sends more military aid to Ukraine attacked by Russia. Defense Minister Jana Cernochova said on Twitter on Saturday that it was machine guns, submachine guns, sniper rifles and suitable ammunition. The delivery has a total value of around 7.5 million euros.
The Czech Ministry of the Interior therefore takes over the transport to the ex-Soviet republic. “Our help does not stop,” emphasized the liberal conservative Cernochova. The government in Prague had already decided at the end of January to provide Ukraine with 4,000 artillery shells. In addition, they are ready to treat injured Ukrainian soldiers in Czech hospitals.
To strengthen NATO’s eastern flank, the Czech cabinet has provided up to 580 soldiers who can be deployed within a short period of time as part of the defense alliance’s rapid reaction forces. Among them are also specialists for the defense against chemical weapons. The Czech Republic has been a NATO member since 1999.
Slovakia will send artillery ammunition and fuel worth a total of 11 million euros ($12.39 million) to Ukraine, Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said on Saturday.
Nad said the shipment included 12,000 rounds of 120mm ammunition, 10 million liters (2.64 million US gallons) of diesel fuel and 2.4 million liters of jet fuel.
France also pledged support to Ukraine in the early hours of the morning, including in the form of arms deliveries, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on Twitter. “Weapons and equipment from our partners are on their way to Ukraine. The anti-war coalition is working,” Zelenskyy continued. He had previously spoken to French President Emmanuel Macron.
In the run-up to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, Macron had campaigned for de-escalation and spoke to Putin several times – on the first day of the attacks, the French President again tried to get Russia to rethink. After these attempts failed, Macron announced that Putin now had to “live with the consequences”.
The Netherlands will deliver 200 US-type Stinger (FIM-92) anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, the government told parliament in The Hague today. This is a response to a request from Kiev, it said. The infrared-guided missiles can be used against aircraft and helicopters, for example.
The Netherlands had already agreed to the delivery of weapons and military goods last week. These included about 100 sniper rifles with 30,000 pieces of ammunition, as well as radars and mine detectors.
To date, Austria and Germany are not among the countries that want to support Ukraine with arms deliveries. 5,000 protective helmets are on their way from Germany to Ukraine, Austria sent medical supplies on Thursday – especially FFP2 masks “to fight the corona pandemic”, as Vienna’s Mayor Michael Ludwig explained (the eXXpress reported).