Major Boost for Zelensky and Ukraine: Belgium Pledges Substantial Military Aid for 2024

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.22 - 2024 8:00 PM CET

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Belgium Pledges Substantial Military Aid for 2024.

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In a major boost for Ukraine's defense capabilities, Belgium has committed a substantial $665 million in military aid for the year 2024.

This announcement was made by Ukraine's Defense Minister, Rustem Umerov, following a phone conversation with his Belgian counterpart, Ludivine Dedonder, on January 22nd.

This pledge marks a significant increase from Belgium's previous contributions to Ukraine since the start of the full-scale war, which amounted to 496 million euros ($540 million).

The Belgian government's Foreign Affairs website indicates that a total of 1.7 billion euros ($1.8 billion) has been allocated in support of Ukraine through the end of 2025.

Belgium's commitment is particularly notable given its role as one of the 11 founding countries of the "fighter jet coalition," established in July to train Ukrainians in operating F-16s.

On January 4th, the Belgian Defense Ministry announced plans to send two F-16 fighter jets and 50 training personnel to Denmark from March to September, specifically to aid in training Ukrainian pilots.

Umerov, in his statement on January 22nd, mentioned that the recent developments on the front lines and prospects of defense cooperation between Ukraine and Belgium were discussed with Dedonder.

He expressed his gratitude for Belgium’s active participation in the air force capability coalition, emphasizing the significance of the pilot training program.

This substantial military aid from Belgium signifies a robust international support for Ukraine, particularly in enhancing its air force capabilities, which is a critical element in the ongoing conflict.

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