Belgium steps up Ukraine aid with missiles, ammo, guns

AFP , Friday 27 Jan 2023

Belgium announced a new package of military aid for Ukraine on Friday, promising cash, missiles, machine guns, and armored vehicles to help fight off the Russian onslaught.

Ludivine Dedonder
Defence minister Ludivine Dedonder gives a press conference on new aid to Ukraine, on January 27, 2023, in Brussels. AFP


But Defence Minister Ludivine Dedonder had to admit that Belgium has no main battle tanks to match the latest offers from NATO allies like Britain, Germany, Poland and the United States.

The Belgian shipment, she said, would notably include "anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank missiles, machine guns, grenades, and other military equipment".

The new package will be worth 93.8 million euros ($100 million), bringing Belgium's total military contribution to the allied support effort to 228 million euros over the year.

Belgium sold its tanks more than a decade ago.

Fighting resumed on February 24 last year when Russia, which already occupied Ukrainian territory in Crimea and the Donbas region, launched a full-scale invasion.

Separately, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced an additional 86 million euros in humanitarian and civil aid, along with 38,000 tonnes of diesel fuel.

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