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Netherlands joins coalition to supply Ukraine with advanced drones

Netherlands joins coalition to supply Ukraine with advanced drones
Dutch Defence Minister Kasja Ollongren

The Netherlands is joining a military coalition with allies including Britain that will supply Ukraine with advanced drone technology and bolster its offensive capabilities in the war against Russia, the Dutch defence minister said, Reuters reported.

The pledge from the Netherlands comes in addition to F-16 fighter jets, artillery, ammunition and air defence systems provided by the Dutch to Kyiv.

For the Netherlands, there may be additional costs on top of 2 billion euros earmarked already for 2024, Dutch Defence Minister Kasja Ollongren told Reuters in an interview ahead of two days of NATO defence minister meetings in Brussels starting on Wednesday.

"We know of course that drones are very important in this war," Ollongren said. "That's why we are joining the drone coalition that Ukraine has started together with Latvia, together with other countries, to make sure that we do just that - increase production, use the latest technology and to provide exactly what Ukraine needs."

Drone coalition

· Last month, the Drone Coalition expanded by two more countries. The UK and Sweden joined Latvia and Ukraine.

· The Drone Coalition was established by Latvia and Ukraine during the visit of Latvian Defence Minister Andris Sprūds to Kyiv on 17 January.

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