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Finland to send additional military equipment to Ukraine

The defence ministry said it will not reveal details about the equipment for security reasons.

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Finland will send additional military equipment to aid Ukraine in its fight against invading Russian troops, the Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö made the decision to send Ukraine more supplies based on a proposal by the government.

According to the ministry, details regarding the kind of assistance to be provided, the manner of delivery or the schedule will not be made public to ensure the aid arrives safely at its destination.

Following Russia's military onslaught, Ukraine has requested assistance from EU and Nato member states.

The ministry has stated that the decision to offer aid takes Ukraine's needs as well as Finland's resources into account, and that providing the additional material will not put Finland's own defence capability at risk.

This is the first time the government has withheld detailed information about military support offered to Ukraine.

Finland pledged to send defence material, namely, 2,000 bulletproof vests, 2,000 composite helmets, 100 stretchers and equipment for two emergency medical care stations, to Ukraine in February.

Following this, the country decided to deliver additional military aid in the form of 2,500 assault rifles, 150,000 cartridges for the rifles, 1,500 single-shot anti-tank weapons and 70,000 combat ration packages.

It also granted Estonia a permit to export artillery pieces to Ukraine.

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