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The Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a contribution of Nkr300m ($30m) to provide military equipment and training to the Ukrainian soldiers.

The contribution has been made to the NATO -led Comprehensive Assistance Package (CAP ).

Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said: “This grant will go to military equipment and training of Ukrainian forces, and will be channelled through international funding-mechanisms such as Nato’s CAP and British-led International Fund for Ukraine.

“In addition, there are national initiatives such as the donation of necessary equipment and winter clothing.”

In another move to support Ukraine in the fight against Russia’s invasion, the European Council has launched a new military assistance programme, called European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine).

It was revealed during the council’s meeting held in Brussels on 15 November.

The effort involves providing ‘individual, collective, and specialised’ military training to nearly 15,000 Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel. It will be delivered at several locations in different EU members states’ regions.

The council has also announced that it will allocate €16m of assistance for capacity building of the Ukrainian troops, under the European Peace Facility.

Both EUMAM and the 24-month-long assistance measure will finance EU member states to deliver ammunition, military equipment, and platforms to Ukraine. The funds are inclusive of the equipment’s transportation, maintenance, and repair.

German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht confirmed in a tweet that the country will establish a new weapons repair centre in Slovakia and train Ukrainian Army (UA) soldiers, as part of further steps to support Ukraine.

The tweet read: “Minister Lambrecht announces in Brussels that up to 5,000 UA soldiers will be trained in Germany until June 2023. In addition, we are setting up a maintenance centre in Slovakia, which will start operating immediately.”