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Spain Commits $1 Billion Military Aid to Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion

In a significant move to bolster Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s invasion, Spain has committed USD 1.1 billion in military aid, as reported by Al Jazeera. The commitment came during a security deal signed between Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Madrid on Monday. During a joint news conference, Sanchez detailed […]

Spain Commits $1 Billion Military Aid to Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion
Spain Commits $1 Billion Military Aid to Ukraine Amid Russian Invasion

In a significant move to bolster Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s invasion, Spain has committed USD 1.1 billion in military aid, as reported by Al Jazeera. The commitment came during a security deal signed between Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Madrid on Monday.

During a joint news conference, Sanchez detailed the agreement, highlighting a commitment of 1 billion euros in military aid for 2024. The pact, spanning the next decade, prioritizes providing modern military equipment for ground, aerial, and naval operations, focusing on Ukraine’s critical capacity needs. While specifics on safeguarding sea routes for Ukraine’s food exports were not disclosed, the emphasis on bolstering Ukraine’s essential air defense systems to protect civilians, cities, and infrastructure was emphasized, particularly in light of the recent Russian strike on Kharkiv, claiming at least 16 lives.

As Russia’s invasion enters its third year, Ukraine has appealed for additional weapons, particularly air defense systems. Sanchez acknowledged Spain’s commitment to supply Patriot missiles but underscored the need for systems to launch these missiles effectively.

Expressing gratitude for Spain’s support, Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of strengthening Kyiv’s air defense. Spain pledged to send another batch of Leopard tanks and ammunition to Ukraine and explore alternative systems to ensure air security.

Zelenskyy, who has secured bilateral security agreements with France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, stressed Ukraine’s urgent need for additional Patriot missile launchers to counter the thousands of guided aerial bombs used by Russian forces.

Zelenskyy’s visit to Madrid precedes meetings with Portuguese Prime Minister Luis Montenegro and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Lisbon, reflecting diplomatic efforts to garner support for Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression.

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