Portugal to send another 160 tonnes of military aid to Ukraine

As she left what was her first meeting at EU level since taking on the defence portfolio, Carreiras pointed out that her Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksii Reznikov, who participated via videoconference, made “an optimistic assessment” of the situation on the ground, but reinforced the idea that Ukraine still needs “support in terms of heavy equipment to deal with the challenges they still have.” [Shutterstock/Alexandros Michailidis]

Portugal is preparing to send another 160 tonnes of material to Ukraine, including military equipment, Defence Minister Helena Carreiras said after the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels Tuesday.

As she left what was her first meeting at EU level since taking on the defence portfolio, Carreiras pointed out that her Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksii Reznikov, who participated via videoconference, made “an optimistic assessment” of the situation on the ground, but reinforced the idea that Ukraine still needs “support in terms of heavy equipment to deal with the challenges they still have.”

According to the minister, member states should continue to support Ukraine as “everyone’s perception is that the war that is to continue”. Even the EU’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, ended the meeting “asking member states to continue to support Ukraine because it is necessary to sustain the resistance of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian armed forces,” she said.

Carreiras reiterated that Portugal and its allies would continue to provide support “as much as possible,” announcing the country would soon send more material, military and otherwise.

“As was reported, we sent about 170 tonnes of lethal and non-lethal military material in a first phase and other types of material. We are now preparing a new shipment of another 160 tonnes of material, and I would like to highlight the diversity of our support,” she said.

The minister stressed that “it’s not just about military equipment, it’s also about medical and health and humanitarian support.” Portugal is also capable of receiving Ukrainian refugees, she said, adding that the same goes for “wounded Ukrainians”, though this has not yet happened.

“There is, therefore, a wide variety of support here, and we also talked in this meeting about the continuity of support related to training, for example, or demining, at a later stage. We will continue to talk about Ukraine’s needs because that is what it is all about,” she said.

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