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Norway to purchase artillery ammunition to Ukraine

Norway to purchase artillery ammunition to Ukraine
Norwegian Minister of Defence Bjørn Arild Gram
Photo: Marie Lamo, MoD

Norway intends to spend up to NOK 210 million of the money that is being donated to the British-led International Fund for Ukraine in order to purchase artillery ammunition to Ukraine. "The need for military support to Ukraine is substantial and critical. Effective artillery, including sufficient amounts of ammunition, has proven to be essential in Ukraine’s defence against the Russian invasion," said Minister of Defence Bjørn Arild Gram.

"The allotted amount lets us buy ammunition for the artillery that Ukraine already has and will cover the purchase of approximately 17,000 grenades in 122mm and 152mm caliber," he said.

On 12 October, he took part in a meeting with Western allies in the Ukraine Defence Contact Group, where he announced the donation. Allied donations and further support to Ukraine was discussed at the meeting.

Ukraine Defence Contact Group is an American-led initiative that herald around 40 nations. The aim is to coordinate continued military support for Ukraine.

The Minister of Defence says it is important to have a united front when it comes to support for Ukraine in their fight against the Russian invasion

"Donations ensure that the country can defend itself against Russia’s illegal attack. A lot of countries contribute and will continue to do so. That is why it is critical that we are in close dialogue with Ukrainian authorities and that we coordinate Western donations," said Bjørn Arild Gram.

Norway has previously donated artillery systems and missiles to Ukraine. In addition, Norway has already given NOK 400 million to a British fund that coordinates new purchases of military equipment to Ukraine. It is from this sum that the ammunition-purchase will be taken.

"The Norwegian government has also proposed to donate an additional NOK 3 billion to Ukraine in 2022. Included in this amount will be a NOK 250 million purchase of winter clothing and winter equipment for the Ukrainian forces. We will continue our support to Ukraine and continue to contribute to strengthening the country’s ability to defend itself," the minister said.

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