This funding is dedicated to several key areas, including the procurement of artillery ammunition, the purchase of weapons, and the enhancement of cybersecurity.
The Netherlands' Defense Minister, Kaisa Ollongren, emphasized the importance of offering both short-term and long-term support to Ukraine. Out of the total aid package, €87 million is allocated for the purchase of artillery shells, while €25 million will be channeled to the International Fund for Ukraine for weapon procurement. Additionally, €10 million is earmarked for bolstering Ukraine's cybersecurity, a critical need given the country's previous experiences with cyberattacks.
This financial aid is the result of deliberations within the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine, which includes 50 partner countries. These countries collectively assist Ukraine in acquiring essential defense equipment and resources to counter Russian aggression.
The Netherlands has been an active supporter of Ukraine's defense needs. Previously, it contributed €100 million to a United Kingdom-led initiative that funds air defense systems, ammunition, and spare parts procurement. Furthermore, in December 2023, the Netherlands provided a support package of €102 million for Ukraine. This funding is aimed at humanitarian aid, demining activities, energy sector support, and rebuilding critical infrastructure.
Overall, the Dutch commitment for 2024 stands at a significant €2 billion, underlining the country's ongoing support for Ukraine. This latest aid package reinforces the Netherlands' commitment to Ukraine's defense and cybersecurity in the face of ongoing challenges.