The Netherlands is providing Ukraine with fast and manoeuvrable vessels. It involves fourteen rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), eight militarised river patrol boats and CB90 combat boats.

The boats stem from the country’s own resources as well as from industry. In addition, the Netherlands is contributing EUR 250 million to the Czech initiative to order large numbers of artillery shells for Ukraine in the short term. The Cabinet has reported this in a letter to the House of Representatives on 1 March.

As of early December 2023, the Netherlands supplied various types of ammunition, radar systems and individual weapons such as rifles and machine guns. In addition, field hospitals, tents and accessories, aggregates and numerous medical supplies have gone to Ukraine.

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Ten-year security agreement

The previously announced ten-year security agreement with Ukraine was also officially signed on 1 March. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky put their signatures to this effect. The focus of the agreement is on security cooperation, including medium and long-term military support.

Besides the Netherlands, 31 more countries and the EU have signed official agreements with Ukraine. These agreements show that the Netherlands and international partners will continue to support Ukraine in its long-term defence against Russian aggression.

Picture: Rigid hull inflatable boats (by the Dutch Ministry of Defence).

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