The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has announced that the government will donate more than $145.87m (Nkr1.5bn) to the UK-led International Fund for Ukraine.

The contribution is part of Norway’s commitment to providing military assistance worth $291.75m (Nkr3bn) to the Ukrainian Armed Forces this year.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Norway has been unwavering in its support for Ukraine and this significant new contribution to the International Fund for Ukraine will make a material difference to providing further military aid.”

During a meeting with Wallace under the Joint Expeditionary Force framework, Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said the country’s previous donation to the fund, worth $38.9m (Nkr400m), was used to procure drones, drone jamming equipment, and artillery shells.

While allies have been urged to contribute to the fund, the Norwegian industry is invited to submit bids in this regard.

Gram said: “Norway has a world-leading defence industry within certain areas and produces systems that can supply Ukraine’s requirements. I am pleased that the Norwegian industry will be able to compete for contracts through this fund.”

Extending support in this direction, Netherlands Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren announced that the government has decided to provide €100m to the fund.

The fund will be used to acquire military equipment necessary for Ukraine directly from the defence industry.

This ensures military support for Ukraine in the long term, without affecting the capabilities of the participating nations.

The US Department of Defense announced more security assistance, worth over $400m, to strengthen Ukrainian forces. 

The 25th presidential drawdown of assistance will supply several capabilities, including missiles for Hawk air defence systems, four Avenger air defence systems, Stinger missiles, 21,000 155mm artillery rounds, and additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems.

According to US Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, the missiles for the HAWK air defence system and Avenger air defence systems, along with Stinger missiles, are headed to Ukraine.

Singh said: “The HAWK missiles, which will be refurbished using Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds, will complement Spain’s recent commitment of HAWK launchers to help Ukraine meet this threat.”