Estonia will provide Ukraine with a new package of military aid
The Estonian government has decided to grant Ukraine a new package of military assistance during a meeting held on Thursday, June 22. The Estonian Ministry of Defense announced this on its official Twitter account.
"We need to continue supporting Ukraine to stop Russian aggression," the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Estonia stated.
Based on the proposal of Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur, the Estonian government has supported the transfer of an additional field hospital to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in collaboration with Iceland. Additionally, the package will include equipment for paramedics and sappers, as well as counter-drone capabilities.
The field hospital will be provided from the reserves of the Defense Forces, and its restoration with a value of 7.8 million euros will be financed by Iceland.
"Estonia is preparing to deploy another military field hospital to the frontlines in Ukraine, this time in cooperation with Iceland. Furthermore, in response to the request from Ukraine, we have initiated preparations for the creation of an IT coalition, together with Luxembourg. The goal of this coalition will be to identify Ukraine's needs in terms of military IT infrastructure support, as well as the backup of critical databases, similar to the data embassies in Estonia," said Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur on June 16 during a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
During this meeting, ministers focused primarily on the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius and the future of Ukraine.
"The close ties between Ukraine, NATO, and the EU are crucial for deterring further aggression by the Russian Federation and providing Ukraine with the necessary stability for reconstruction. Estonia firmly believes that NATO membership is the most robust and effective way to support Ukraine and contribute to the rebuilding efforts," stated Hanno Pevkur.
Earlier in June, the Estonian Ministry of Defense stated that they still had weapons to transfer to Ukraine, but it remains unclear what exactly and in what quantities will be provided in the future. Much will depend on Ukraine's progress during the summer and its needs in the fall. Hanno Pevkur also emphasized during the NATO defense ministers' meeting in Brussels that Ukraine needs a clear signal from NATO regarding the continuation of military assistance during its counteroffensive.