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Germany, Norway, and Denmark have decided to jointly purchase 16 ZUZANA-2 self-propelled wheeled tank howitzers from Slovakia to provide additional assistance to Ukraine.

The move was announced on 2 October.

The procurement of the artillery systems will be funded equally by the three nations. It has an estimated value of approximately $90.15m (€92m).

Production of the ZUZANA-2 howitzers will be carried out in the Slovak Republic, with delivery to Ukraine expected to start from next year.

The latest donation is the result of the Copenhagen Donors’ Conference for Ukraine, held on 11 August.

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The event was conducted to sustain long-term, multilateral military assistance to Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion.

In a separate development, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace visited Ukraine to meet his Ukrainian counterpart and discuss additional future support for the war-torn nation.

The high-level talks between Wallace and Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov focused on the UK’s ongoing support to Ukraine that is expected to continue through to next year.

Wallace said: “I was delighted to have visited my good friend Reznikov in Kyiv this week to discuss more military aid and help to Ukraine.

“Our support to their fight against Russian aggression goes from strength-to-strength, and will continue all through 2023 and beyond.”

The visit comes after UK Prime Minister Liz Truss revealed that the country will ‘meet or exceed’ the total amount of military aid provided in 2022.

The British Government’s 20 September statement also specified that the nature of aid in 2023 will be decided on the basis of the Ukraine Armed Forces’ requirements.

It may also include the delivery of multiple-launch rocket systems to Ukraine by the UK and other nations.