Denmark pledges $250 million donation to support Ukraine’s military efforts

Denmark has pledged to donate military equipment and financial support worth $250 million to Ukraine as part of its ongoing commitment to global security. Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen made the announcement earlier this week, revealing that the Nordic nation will also be reducing its military presence in Iraq from early 2024, instead focusing on the Baltic region.

The move will see Denmark offer NATO a battalion to defend the area, with between 700 and 1,200 soldiers expected to be deployed in Latvia for four to six months each year. The remainder of the year, troops will remain in Denmark, ready to be deployed in the event of a crisis.

“We must be prepared for the Danish presence in the Baltics to be long-term, and there is a need for balancing between having soldiers on the ground and being ready to deploy them from Denmark,” Poulsen said.

As part of the shift in focus, Denmark will also withdraw one of its security and escort units of approximately 105 soldiers in Iraq from February 2022. However, the country will continue to provide staff and advice to NATO’s mission in Iraq.

Denmark’s financial assistance to Ukraine comes at a time when tensions between the country and Russia remain high, following the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The donation of military equipment and financial support will hopefully assist Ukraine in maintaining its security and stability.

Denmark’s commitment to global security is unwavering, with the country regularly participating in NATO missions and United Nations peacekeeping operations. The nation’s contribution to the Baltics will be crucial in maintaining stability in the region and ensuring that the threat of aggression from Russia remains at bay.

As part of its ongoing commitment to transparency and trust, Thomson Reuters’ Trust Principles will be adhered to throughout its coverage of Denmark’s military activities.

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