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Finland sends ninth arms aid package to Ukraine

No further information about the contents of the package, method of delivery or schedule will be provided to ensure it is safely delivered, the Ministry of Defence said.

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Finland will send an additional defence materiel package to Ukraine to assist the country in its defence against Russia's invasion, the Ministry of Defence announced in a press release on Thursday.

The package is the ninth such delivery Finland has provided to Ukraine since Russia's invasion on 24 February.

"Ukraine's defensive battle continues. Unfortunately, it seems that the war may last a long time. Finland will continue to support Ukraine," Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen (Cen) said.

A defence ministry statement added that, in order to guarantee the safe delivery of the package, no further information would be provided about the contents, method of delivery or schedule.

When preparing the latest donation, the ministry took into account both the needs of Ukraine and the resources required by Finland's own Defence Forces. Since Russia's invasion, Ukraine has requested materiel aid from both European Union and Nato member states.

President Sauli Niinistö signed off on the decision to send the package, based on the government's proposal.

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