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Denmark will be first country to buy Ukraine-produced weapons for Ukraine's army

18 April, 2024 Thursday
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Denmark has decided on a new aid package for Ukraine, which includes $28.5 million (DKK 200 million) for the purchase of weapons and military equipment for the AFU from Ukrainian manufacturers. This is the first such decision in history

This was announced by Minister of Strategic Industries Oleksandr Kamyshyn. 

He stressed that the funding will be provided through the fundraising platform ZBROYARI: Manufacturing Freedom. Its goal is to raise $10 billion this year to produce weapons for Ukrainian defenders. 

"Today we have our first donation. This is a landmark decision, it opens the way for other countries - and we are incredibly grateful to the Danish government and the Danish people for their leadership," Kamyshin said.

The minister stressed that Denmark's decision to purchase weapons for the Ukrainian Defense Forces from domestic producers is the first in history.

"This is the first such decision — I believe it is the first of many. And this is what we have been asking our partners for in recent months. The Ukrainian defense industry has already accelerated so much that the Ukrainian budget cannot fully provide manufacturers with orders," Kamyshyn said. 

The minister said that the capacity of Ukraine's defense industry is about $20 billion, while the state has only $6 billion to buy weapons. 

"Roughly speaking, we have only a third of all the machine tools available in the country in operation because we don't have enough money to provide orders for the rest. The best way out of this situation is to convince our partners who are ready to buy weapons for Ukraine to do so here. Ukrainian arms makers are capable of producing much more weapons, exactly the weapons our military needs," Kamyshyn wrote. 

  • On April 16, the Danish government announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine worth 2.2 billion kroner (about 295 million euros) to support the country's maritime potential.
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