Estonia donates all of its 155mm howitzers and other weapons to Ukraine

23 January, 01:42 PM
Estonia will provide Ukraine with a military aid package worth 113 million euros (Photo:mil.in.ua)

Estonia will provide Ukraine with a military aid package worth 113 million euros (Photo:mil.in.ua)

The government of Estonia has decided to give all of its 155mm howitzers to the Ukrainian army, Ukraine's military General Staff wrote on Facebook on Jan. 23.

"We are giving all of our 155mm howitzers to Ukraine and we want to set a precedent in this way so that other countries don’t have excuses why they can’t give Ukraine the weapons to win the war,” Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine Kaimo Kuusk said.

Dozens of FH-70 155mm and D-30 122mm howitzers are to be sent to Ukraine.

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The biggest ever Estonian military aid package for Ukraine, worth EUR 133 million ($145 million) or over 1% country's GDP, also includes thousands of artillery shells for howitzers, hundreds of Carl-Gustaf M2 anti-tank grenade launchers with ammunition, and auxiliary equipment for artillery units.

"In addition, Estonia continues to provide both basic and specialized military training for Ukrainian soldiers,” Ukraine’s General Staff said.

“We are also grateful to the allies who joined the Tallinn Pledge and committed to collectively support an unprecedented set of donations, including main battle tanks, heavy artillery, air defences, ammunition, and infantry fighting vehicles," the General Staff wrote.

The Tallinn Pledge is a joint statement of Estonia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania; made on Jan. 19 along with representatives of Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Slovakia, stating their intention provide support to Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression for as long as it lasts.

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