Ministry of Defence of Estonia approved the Defence Assistance package for Ukraine

Minister of Defence Mr Kalle Laanet approved Defence Assistance package for Ukraine, under which Estonia and Germany will donate Ukraine a Field hospital developed by an Estonian company. Ukraine will have the opportunity to join with NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn and several other projects aimed on strengthening Ukraine’s defence capabilities.

Minister of Defence Mr Laanet said: “Today, Ukraine is at the forefront of separating Europe from the military conflict with Russia. Almost every day, some Ukrainian soldiers lost their lives in this conflict. It is our and Western countries direct interest in supporting Ukraine in every way so they can resist the aggressor”. In order to find the best solution Estonian defence capabilities and aid efficiency was weighted before approving Defence Assistance package for Ukraine.

In addition to donating a Field hospital and joining the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Estonia will continue to support Ukraine by providing rehabilitation treatment to wounded Ukrainian soldiers, participating in military exercises in Ukraine, training a Special Operation Forces, conducting English language training for Ukrainian soldiers and supporting a Senior Staff Officers training at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu.

In addition to bilateral activities, Estonia uses variety international cooperation formats and programs in order to support Ukraine, in particular initiatives aimed at NATO Partnership for Peace Countries, and coordinates its activities with other Alliance members. Estonia’s defence co-operation with Ukraine is close and mutually beneficial: Estonia can share its knowledge and experience and learn from the experience that Ukraine gains from everyday combat activities. Defence assistance programs have been actively pursued since the early 2000s.