A coalition of 26 countries has pledged over €1.5bn to meet the current and future needs of Ukrainians amid Russian aggression, reported Reuters, citing Denmark Defence Minister Morten Bodskov. 

The commitment was made at the Copenhagen Conference for Northern European Defence Allies of Ukraine, hosted by Denmark, Ukraine, and the UK.

The support will be delivered in the form of cash, equipment, and training.

Existing missiles and ammunition will be restocked, weapon production will be increased, and de-mining activities will be taken up at the war-torn areas of Ukraine as part of the latest commitment.

Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic will enhance the production of artillery systems and other military equipment for the cause of Ukraine, reported the news agency, citing Bodskov.

The countries also agreed to expand the International Fund for Ukraine (IFU).

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In this regard, the UK pledged an additional €300m, including multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) and precision-guided M31A1 missiles that can hit targets over 80km away.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This conference sends a clear message to Russia. We will not tire and we will stand by Ukraine today, tomorrow, and in the months to come.

“The UK and partner nations have agreed to provide long-term military funding, ensuring a steady flow of finance to provide vital military equipment, essential maintenance of existing kit, and maximising our UK-led international training programme for Ukraine’s Armed Forces.”

The allies also discussed ways to provide training to Ukrainian military personnel, including plans to expand and coordinate an international training scheme led by the UK.

Canada, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Latvia have decided to join forces for the initiative.

Canadian National Defence Minister Anita Anand said: “At this crucial time for Euro-Atlantic security, Canada’s commitment to the sovereignty and security of Ukraine continues to be unwavering.

“We have provided Ukraine over $600m in comprehensive military aid since February, including the deployment this week of Canadian Armed Forces personnel to the United Kingdom under Operation UNIFIER, and 39 armoured combat support vehicles built by Canadian industry that will begin arriving in Ukraine in the coming weeks.”

Lithuanian vice-minister of National Defence Margiris Abukevičius said the country is exploring options to donate more weaponry to Ukraine.

Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks has invited allies to use the opportunities provided by the Latvian defence industry to produce equipment for Ukraine.