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Allies to provide new air defense equipment to Ukraine

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In a collaboration between Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA, a new fund will bring forth air defense missiles numbering in the hundreds.

During a Ukraine Defence Contact Group (UDCG) meeting, the defense ministries of Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA announced today their collaborative effort, joining forces to provide military support to Ukraine alongside approximately 50 other nations.

The fund will facilitate the acquisition of numerous short and medium-range air defense systems, with equipment delivery already underway and projected to conclude in a matter of weeks, primarily comprising Soviet-era missiles.

The package will also include radars to mitigate Russian strikes, as well as guns and a significant amount of ammunition. Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and Lithuania have all contributed to the fund.

These resources are set to address the immediate requirements of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, bolstering offensive capabilities and safeguarding vital national infrastructure, states UK Ministry of Defense.

Continuing their support for Ukraine, the UK announced the allocation of funds for air defense, supplementing the recent provision of long-range Storm Shadow missiles, alongside the Prime Minister’s recent declaration of additional donations, including air defense systems and long-range attack drones.

Earlier this week, the UK Defence Secretary met his Joint Expeditionary Force counterparts in Amsterdam and announced that the UK will commit an additional $342 million to the International Fund for Ukraine (IFU), along with a new package of vital air defense capabilities worth $123 million.

“Working with our international partners we are able to provide vital air defense equipment, which will help Ukraine support offensive operations and protect critical national infrastructure,” said the UK Defense Secretary Ben Vallace.

Recent assistance to Ukraine has encompassed a range of contributions, including the provision of Challenger 2 main battle tanks, armored vehicles, and self-propelled guns. Additionally, training programs have been conducted to enhance the skills of Ukrainian infantry, marines, and pilots.