Finland sending 22nd military aid package to Ukraine

Finland is sending its 22nd military aid package to Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence announced on Friday.

In a press release, the ministry said the package would cost Finland around 190 million euros. The shipment will bring the total value of defence aid packages Finland has sent to Ukraine to roughly 1.8 billion euros.

The ministry said President Sauli Niinistö decided on the matter on Friday, following a government proposal.

Defence Minister Antti Häkkänen (NCP) said Finland is exploring long-term ways of supporting Ukraine.

“There is a lot of know-how in [Finland’s] industrial sector and we are working to ensure that this know-how and capacity can be used more effectively to support Ukraine, as well,” he said in the press release.

He noted one such area being explored is the country’s domestic ammunition production.

Häkkänen also said that Finland has joined artillery and de-mining efforts by the Ukraine Defence Contact Group.

The group is an alliance of dozens of countries aiming to assist Ukraine in its defence against Russian aggression.

As in past aid packages, the ministry did not disclose the contents, method of delivery nor shipment schedule of the latest package, for operational reasons and to guarantee it is safely delivered.

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