Denmark sends its largest military aid package to Ukraine

May 3,2023 709
Denmark sends its largest military aid package to Ukraine

A broad majority in the Folketing, the Danish parliament, has supported a large donation package worth DKK 1.7 billion ($250 million) to Ukraine, the Scandinavian country’s Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.

The package, which consists of vehicles, materiel and ammunition, as well as funds set aside for air defense procurement and €50 million for NATO’s non-lethal assistance of Ukraine, is intended to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to carry out an offensive in the coming months.

According to the ministry, it is Denmark’s largest military aid package for Ukraine so far.

More specifically the package includes armored recovery and engineering vehicles, mine-clearing vehicles and hoses, mortar grenades, ammunition for Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle, mobile field bridges and night goggles.

“We know that the Russians have entrenched themselves in the occupied areas of Ukraine with trenches, minefields and other obstacles that are supposed to stop a Ukrainian offensive. The materiel in the donation package is important to pave the way for Ukrainian tanks and the armored infantry on the front line,” said Troels Lund Poulsen, Acting Defense Minister.

“The Ukrainian fighting spirit is impressive. Ukraine is fighting for the security of all of Europe, and the need for military support remains acute. I felt that myself when I met with my Ukrainian foreign minister colleague in Odesa last week. The new military donation package is our largest to date, and the total Danish support is now almost DKK 11 billion [over $1.63 billion],” Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said.

Photo: Danish instructors train Ukrainian soldiers in the United Kingdom. Simon Elbeck.