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Finland donates defence materiel assistance to Ukraine including more of mine-clearing Leopard 2 tanks

Ministry of Defence
Publication date 23.3.2023 14.15
Press release

Finland will deliver more defence materiel to Ukraine. The President of the Republic decided on the matter on 23 March 2023 on the proposal of the Government.

This will be the 14th package of defence materiel to be delivered to Ukraine. It is estimated that to replace the defence materiel capabilities in this package will cost Finland EUR 161 million. The combined value of all defence materiel packages submitted so far is about EUR 910 million.

As part of international cooperation on Leopard tanks, Finland will hand over three Leopard 2 armoured mine-clearing vehicles to Ukraine, including training related to their use and maintenance. In an earlier package, Finland also delivered three Leopard 2 armoured mine-clearing vehicles, which means that the number of these vehicles sent to Ukraine is now six. The package also contains heavy weapons and munitions.

- For Ukraine, all materiel aid is vital in defending the country. We will continue our determined efforts to support Ukraine in repelling Russia's brutal invasion, says Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen.

For operational reasons and to ensure that the delivery reaches its destination, more detailed information on the content of the assistance, manner of delivery or schedule will not be provided.

Both Ukraine's needs and the resources of the Defence Forces have been taken into account when deciding on the additional assistance.

Inquiries: Janne Torvinen, Special Adviser to the Minister of Defence, tel. +358 295 140 433.