According to the country’s defense minister, the decision was made after the tenth meeting in the Ramstein format.
On March 16, members of the Estonian government supported Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur’s proposal to send another military aid package to Ukraine, this time adding sniper weapons and equipment for special forces. It is reported by ERR.
According to Pevkur, the decision taken on Thursday to send another aid package followed after the tenth meeting in the Ramstein format. Separately, the Estonian government decided to send additional help to equip special forces and snipers.
“Yesterday (March 15), together with our allies, we discussed the current state of assistance to Ukraine in the Ramstein format, and it is clear that there is no way to get additional time with the support of Ukraine. Our big initiative is aimed at the joint purchase of one million artillery shells by the European Union” , the minister said, adding that smaller and more targeted aid packages should also continue to be sent.
What will be included in the latest aid package from Estonia:
semi-automatic rifles; sniper rifles; optical sights; binoculars; ammunition; individual and special equipment; patrol boats and thermal imagers; medical equipment.
The total cost of military assistance will be about 494,000 euros. At the same time, it is noted that the donation of equipment does not affect the capabilities of the Defense Forces.
According to the publication, Estonia has provided Ukraine with military assistance in the amount of almost 400 million euros, or more than 1% of GDP. The country transferred to the Ukrainian military Javelin anti-tank missiles, howitzers, anti-tank mines, grenade launchers, mortars, military vehicles, communications equipment, medicines, personal protective equipment (helmets, etc.) and dry rations.
Also, in cooperation with Germany, Estonia donated two field hospitals and medicines to Ukraine worth about 15 million euros to Ukraine, and is preparing to transfer a third hospital in cooperation with the Netherlands and Norway, which supported the project.
On Wednesday, March 15, Focus wrote about the tenth meeting in the Ramstein format, during which US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that Ukraine would receive SAMP / T air defense systems, Patriot air defense systems and more than 150 Leopard tanks from a growing international coalition.
Recall that in December 2022, Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur announced another package of military assistance for Ukraine, which included equipment, drones, various weapons and ventilators.
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