Spanish PM pledges 200 tons of military aid during Ukraine visit

Sánchez, who was visiting Ukraine together with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, said during a press conference in Kyiv that his visit was a gesture of support for Ukraine as well as a demonstration of Spain’s firm condemnation of Russia’s “unfair and unjustifiable” war, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. [EPA-EFE/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ]

Spain will deliver an additional 200 tons of military equipment to Ukraine, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced during a visit to Kyiv on Thursday, where he met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Sánchez, who was visiting Ukraine together with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, said during a press conference in Kyiv that his visit was a gesture of support for Ukraine as well as a demonstration of Spain’s firm condemnation of Russia’s “unfair and unjustifiable” war, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

He announced that the Spanish naval vessel, Isabel, had left Spain on Thursday (21 April) and is en route to Poland to deliver 200 tons of modern ammunition and other military equipment to Ukraine in a move that has more than doubled Madrid’s military contributions to Kyiv since Russia began its invasion in late February.

“The ship carries 30 trucks, several special heavy transport vehicles and 10 smaller vehicles with the military material that will be transferred to Ukraine,” the PM said.

“Atrocities committed in Ukraine could not go unpunished,” said Sánchez, who earlier that day visited Borodyanka, a town near the Belarus border that came under intense Russian bombardment and was the scene of mass killings of civilians, according to Kyiv.

“For this reason, Spain is going to immediately respond to the request for support made by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute those responsible for committing war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in Ukraine,” he said, adding that Spain would send a team of experts to work with the International Criminal Court and carry out fieldwork.

Around 137,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Spain since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, Sánchez said.

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