More EU countries to supply arms to Ukraine — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

The Czech Republic, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands will supply weapons to Kiev in the framework of the Russian offensive

Several European countries announced on Sunday that they would supply Ukraine with arms and ammunition. They include the Czech Republic, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands, while Germany made a similar statement on Saturday.

Since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made several appeals to the international community to provide “defense aidto his country.

On February 25, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance would provide more support to Ukraine, including providing air defense systems. The statement was followed by similar announcements from other European countries.

The Russian attack marks a turning point. It is our duty to do our best to help Ukraine defend itself against Putin’s invading army. That is why we are supplying 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles to our Ukrainian friends,German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted on Saturday.

This decision indicates a reversal in the policy of Germany, which previously refused to supply arms to Kiev.

Meanwhile, the Czech Defense Ministry released a video of a train apparently bound for Ukraine, claiming that the Czech Republic was sending “machine guns, assault rifles, pistols, ammunition and artillery ammunitionwith additional aid to be approved by the government on Sunday.

The Netherlands will send 50 “Panzerfaust 3” anti-tank weapons with 400 missiles and 200 Stinger missiles to Ukraine.

In addition, the Ministry of Defense is studying the possibility of providing a Patriot air defense unit with Germany to a NATO battle group in Slovakia,“said the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said his country would supply Ukraine with 2,000 automatic rifles and 3,800 tonnes of fuel.

Portuguese leader Antonio Costa said on Friday his country would send 175 troops to help Ukrainian troops on the ground secure their borders.

The next day, the country’s defense ministry said it would supply Ukraine with military equipment such as “vests, helmets, night vision goggles, grenades and ammunition of various calibers, complete portable radios, analog repeaters and G3 automatic rifles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin explained the launch of the military operation by the need to “demilitarize“Ukraine, to protect the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and to ensure that Russia would not be placed under NATO threat from Ukrainian territory. These arguments, however, did not convince the West, which responded to Moscow’s actions by introducing harsh sanctions.

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