On Monday, the authorities of the Netherlands announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine in the amount of 122 million euros. The Minister of Defense of the Netherlands Kaisa Ollongren reported about it in the country’s parliament.
87 million euros are intended for the purchase of artillery shells. 25 million will be transferred to the International Fund of Ukraine (IFU) for the purchase of the necessary equipment. In addition, 10 million euros are intended to improve the protection of the Ukrainian Internet infrastructure against hacking and cyber attacks.
As indicated in the statement of the government of the Netherlands, its decision was the result of consultations with the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group (UDCG), which includes 50 partner countries.
Earlier, the Netherlands already contributed about 100 million euros to the IFU. The fund purchased air defense systems, ammunition and spare parts for Ukraine. The kingdom also allocated 130 million euros for the purchase of 155-mm artillery shells.
Kaisa Ollongren said that it is important for the Netherlands to support Ukraine in the long term. “Now it is important to show that we are helping Ukraine. They are fighting for their country and for the values that we share: self-determination, freedom, equality, human rights,” she said.