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Finland to grant permit for Estonian artillery exports to Ukraine

Estonia had previously bought the weapons from Finland.

Finland is set to grant a permit for Estonia to export artillery to Ukraine, after Germany changed tack on exports to Kyiv.

Estonia wants to donate artillery pieces to Ukraine for use in that country's fight against a Russian invasion, but it needs approval from previous owners.

Germany had sold them to Finland, and had previously not permitted weapons it produced to be exported to Ukraine. On Saturday news agencies reported that the German government had granted permission.

On Saturday government sources told Yle that Finland was aware of the German decision, although it has not yet officially been confirmed by Germany.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Defence Ministry had previously stated that they had nothing against the weapons being exported to Ukraine.

Finland's government is also set to meet on Sunday to confirm the donation of 1,000 bulletproof vests, 1,000 helmets and a field hospital to Ukraine, according to two sources independent of each other.

Ukraine has requested support from EU countries and directly from Finland, supplying a list of more than a hundred items it is short of.

Finland has considered the request for a long time, as Finland's principle has been that the country does not export weapons to warzones.

Edit: Article edited on 28.2.2022 at 10.10am to reflect that Estonia wants to donate artillery to Ukraine, not sell.