Friends in need: 18 countries who gave Ukraine non-lethal military aid


International, More, War in the Donbas

Since January 2014, 18 countries have provided 164.1 million US dollars’ worth of non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, with more than 80 percent of that coming from just two countries, the United States which has given 117.6 million US dollars’ worth of supplies and Canada which has given 23.6 million.

Those figures were provided to the Apostrophe portal by the Ukrainian defense ministry, which noted that there had been some weapons provided as well, by Lithuania among others, but data about such transfers remain classified.

The amount of non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine between January 1, 2014 and July 15, 2016 for the 18 in US dollars is as follows, the ministry said:

– The United States – 117,573,368
– Canada – 23,641,521
– Poland – 5,421,745
– United Kingdom – 4,975,847
– Australia – 4,682,498
– China – 3,400,000
– Turkey – 1,052,568
– Slovakia – 774,543
– Norway – 629,501
– France – 594,020
– The Netherlands – 500,000
– Spain – 258,419
– The Czech Republic – 245,782
– Albania – 226,388
– Lithuania – 116.201
– Switzerland – 31,928
– Latvia – 31.125
– Denmark – 21,300.

Commenting on this data, Serhiy Zgurets, director of the Defense Express Information Consulting Company, said that this foreign assistance had “a very great political effect at the very beginning of the Russian intervention when it seemed that Ukraine was standing one on one with a nuclear power.”

But “all countries tried not to cross a definite line in order not to provoke Russia to harsher methods of conducting military operations in the Donbas. More than that,” he said, it was important for Ukraine to rely as heavily as possible on its own resources given that it has a sizable military industry. There have been achievements there but much remains to be done.


Edited by: A. N.

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