Denmark pledges further €750 million in military aid to Ukraine

The latest donation package from Copenhagen is in addition to the 19 F-16 fighter jets already pledged by Denmark to Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen of the 148th artillery brigade of the Air Assault Forces of Ukraine's Armed Forces prepare to fire an M777 Howitzer towards Russian positions, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
By Dénes Albert
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Denmark will hand another €750 million in military aid to Ukraine in the latest war chest to be donated to Kyiv by a European nation.

The news was announced on Thursday by Danish Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, according to the Danish Foreign Ministry’s press service.

“Happy to announce a new military support package for Ukraine worth €750 million to support its air and artillery defenses. Denmark is also looking for opportunities to invest in Ukraine’s military industry,” Rasmussen said. He reiterated Danish support for the people of Ukraine, assuring them that the Danish government “stands firmly” by their side.

Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen made a similar announcement via social media.

“Denmark earmarks an additional DKK 1 billion (€134 million) for the purchase of defense equipment directly from Ukrainian defense companies, which can then be donated immediately. Denmark is the first country to take the lead here. It makes sense to produce the weapons where they are needed,” he wrote.

The Ukrinform news agency previously reported that the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, and the head of the Danish government, Mette Frederiksen, met in Copenhagen to discuss military aid for Ukraine and the upcoming Global Peace Summit to be held in Switzerland.

The Democracy Summit was held in the Danish capital on Tuesday and Wednesday, attended by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, in addition to Yermak and Ukrainian officials.

On May 8, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed with the head of the Danish government how to speed up the transfer of 19 F-16 fighter aircraft from Denmark to Ukraine.

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