US, Slovakia, Sweden and Finland pledge military aid to war-torn country
As Ukraine fights its fiercest battle against Russia, several countries have pledged military aid to the country to bolster its fight against the invading forces. The United States for the first time approved the direct delivery of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine as part of a package approved by the White House on Friday.
The United States is working on the logistics of the expedition. The move follows Germany’s announcement to send 500 Stinger missiles and other weapons and supplies to Kiev.
High Velocity Stingers are precise missiles used to shoot down helicopters and other aircraft. Ukrainian officials have demanded more powerful weapons. Estonia has also been supplying Stingers to Ukraine since January, after seeking permission from the United States.
Slovakia will send air defense systems and anti-tank ammunition to Ukraine
Meanwhile, the Slovak cabinet on Sunday agreed to send air defense systems and anti-tank missiles to Ukraine worth $5 million, Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said.
“There was a phone call between Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It was about how we could help Ukraine. The emergency cabinet session on Sunday decided to send Ukrainian military equipment worth 4.5 million euros. defense systems and anti-tank missiles,” Nad said.
Sweden and Finland pledge military aid to Kiev
The Nordic nations of Sweden and Finland also said they would send military aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, helmets and body armor.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Sunday that Stockholm would ship 5,000 anti-tank weapons, 5,000 helmets, 5,000 body armor units and 1,35,000 field rations in support of the army Ukrainian.
Neighboring Finland had earlier announced that it would send 2,000 helmets, 2,000 bulletproof vests, 100 stretchers and equipment for two emergency medical stations as military aid to Ukraine.
Russian forces began the invasion of its smaller neighbor on Thursday, drawing sanctions and international condemnation. the ongoing war has killed at least 352 Ukrainian civilians and injured 1,684 people, including 116 children.