NATO countries, including Romania, are supporting Ukraine against the Russian invasion with defensive military equipment worth hundreds of millions of Euros.
Together with other European states and the US, Romania has decided to help Ukraine with medicines, ammunition and military equipment so that the army can protect the region from the invasion of Russian troops. The first aid, which has already arrived in neighboring Ukraine, was decided a week ago, when the situation had not escalated, by the Committee for Emergency Situations and consisted of medicines and disinfectants. Humanitarian aid had been requested by Kyiv through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. Now, following the entry of the Russian troops into Ukraine, the Romanian Government has decided to grant further aid, worth 3 million Euros, consisting of: fuel, bulletproof vests, helmets, ammunition and military equipment, food, water and medicines.
The announcement was made by the PM Nicolae Ciuca, after an emergency meeting on the situation in neighboring Ukraine: “We have decided to send to Ukraine a number of materials and equipment, consisting of safety helmets, bulletproof vests, ammunition, food, water and medicines, totaling more than three million euros. We have also decided, together with the members of the government, to go and donate blood, with a view to starting a campaign to help the wounded in the war in Ukraine."
Moreover, Bucharest has expressed its readiness to treat the injured Ukrainians in Romania. 11 hospitals of the Defense Ministry are ready to receive the wounded brought from the front. The PM Nicolae Ciuca announced that the government in Bucharest is still considering all possibilities to support Ukraine: "We have taken several measures at government level and we are continuing to analyze all the possibilities, so that, from an institutional point of view, we should do everything we can, to support the Ukrainian people severely affected by the Russian aggression."
President Klaus Iohannis wrote in a social network post that “Romania joins its partners in supporting the new sanctions in order to further strengthen the common response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Additional military and humanitarian aid is to be sent to Ukraine."
And the Defense Ministry states that ‘the transfer of equipment is an element of logistical support, necessary for Ukraine's efforts to reject the aggression of the Russian Federation, launched on the Ukrainian territory on February 24th. The transfer of these materials to the Ukrainian government is part of the general effort currently made by NATO and EU member states to support Ukraine in defending its territory, independence and integrity against the Russian aggression.’
So far, the NATO countries have announced that they are supporting Ukraine with defensive military equipment worth hundreds of millions of Euros. The US Department of Defense contributes weapons worth 350 million dollars. Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden have also announced their intention to provide aid to Ukraine. (LS)