Netherlands to ship Patriot air defence to Ukraine –


The Dutch will present Ukraine with two Patriot missile launchers, an undisclosed variety of missiles, and coaching for Ukrainian troopers to function the air defence gear, Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren and International Minister Wopke Hoekstra wrote in a letter to the decrease home of parliament.

The navy help is a part of a broader help bundle, for which the federal government has earmarked €2.5 billion for the yr.

“The necessity to intensify navy help to Ukraine was already evident, the urgency is now higher than ever,” each ministers mentioned within the letter.

In the meantime, Western defence ministers met for the eighth time within the US-led Ukraine Protection Contact Group in Ramstein on Friday.

Throughout the assembly, Ollongren introduced that the Netherlands bought 100 autos with anti-aircraft weapons in cooperation with the Czech Republic.

On supplying Patriot air defence techniques, the Netherlands is “taking part in a cooperation mission with the US and Germany” to provide Ukraine, together with with “ammunition, coaching and components for upkeep,” Ollongren additionally mentioned in the course of the assembly.

Along with “worldwide companions”, the Netherlands plans to deal with growing navy help, significantly by replenishing its personal nationwide shares to “deliver operational readiness as much as normal”, Ollongren mentioned after Western allies mentioned they might even be specializing in accelerating the substitute of apparatus they provide to Ukraine.

“With this announcement, the Netherlands can play a global driving position,” the letter despatched to parliament additionally reads.

(Sofia Stuart Leeson |

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