Western countries pledge $1.55 billion in military aid to Ukraine

  • Funding pledged by 26 countries at conference
  • Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic want to develop their arms production
  • UK to send more weapons to Ukraine

COPENHAGEN, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Western countries on Thursday pledged more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.55 billion) in cash, equipment and training to bolster Ukraine’s military capabilities in its war against Russia, said Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskov.

The money, which was pledged by a group of 26 countries at a conference in Copenhagen, will be used to supply existing weapons, missiles and ammunition, increase arms production for Ukraine, train soldiers Ukrainians and demining war-torn areas in Ukraine. .

“We will continue to help Ukraine with its military needs,” Bodskov told reporters after the conference that brought together European defense ministers to discuss long-term support for the country’s defense against Russian invasion.

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The defense ministers of Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have expressed their willingness to expand production of artillery systems, ammunition and other military equipment to Ukraine, Bodskov said. .

Britain, which has already donated advanced weapons systems to Ukraine and given thousands of its soldiers military training, on Thursday pledged an additional 300 million euros, including rocket launcher systems multiple and precision-guided M31A1 missiles that can hit targets up to 80 km (50 miles.

“President Putin would have bet that by August…we would all be bored with the conflict and the international community would have gone off in different directions. Well, today is proof to the contrary,” the British secretary told Defense, Ben Wallace.

The pledges come after the Kyiv government made repeated calls for the West to send more weapons, including long-range artillery, as it tries to turn the tide in the February 24 Russian invasion.

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Moscow, which has accused the West of prolonging the conflict by giving Ukraine more weapons, says it is carrying out a “special military operation” in Ukraine aimed at safeguarding Russia’s security against the expansion of the NATO.

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Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Sachin Ravikumar; Written by Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Terje Solsvik, David Holmes and Mike Harrison

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