Norway sends military equipment and weapons to Ukraine

The Norwegian Government has decided to donate military equipment and M72 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine. On Monday, the Norwegian Armed Forces sent off helmets, bulletproof vests, gas masks and food supplies.

The Norwegian Government has decided to offer both military equipment and arms support to enable Ukraine to defend itself against the military attack from Russia.

This is in line with Norway's close allies and the other Nordic countries.

"Norway has a restrictive policy with regard to exporting defence-related products, but Ukraine is now in a desperate and extraordinary situation", Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

On Monday, the Norwegian Armed Forces sent off the first military equipment to Ukraine. This includes: 1,500 bulletproof vests, 5,000 helmets, 15,000 field rations, 1,000 gas masks with filters, 2,000 sleeping bags, 10,000 sleeping pads, and clothing. The equipment was flown to Poland by a Norwegian C-130J Hercules. From Poland, the equipment will be distributed to Ukrainian authorities.

Monday afternoon, the Norwegian government also decided to donate up to 2,000 M72 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine. These weapons will be sent from Norway as soon as possible.

"This is a contribution to support Ukraine in its defence against the military invasion. These are weapons that are easy to deploy and are used to defend against attacking armoured vehicles. The Norwegian Armed Forces are now working to prepare and send the weapons as quickly as possible", said Norwegian Minister of Defence, Odd Roger Enoksen.

An M72 anti-tank weapon. Archive photo by Anette Ask, Norwegian Armed Forces