Czech Republic donates two pontoon bridges and $152 million worth of military aid to Ukraine
Two 36-meter pontoon bridges arrived in Ukraine from the Czech Republic to restore transport links in the places of hostilities. In total, since the beginning of the conflict, Prague has provided more than 3.5 billion crowns ($152 million) of military assistance to Kyiv, CTK reports, citing a statement from the authorities.
At the same time, the head of the Czech Defense Ministry, Yana Chernokhova, said that the government plans to send chemical protection equipment worth about 8 million crowns (347,000) to Ukraine in the near future. “This is unclaimed material, so it's not that we're spending eight million crowns right now, but it's actually the book value of this unnecessary property,” — she specified.
Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. The authorities called its goals the need for “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring state, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” from Kyiv. Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia and declared martial law.
Many Western countries, in particular the Czech Republic, condemned Moscow's actions and imposed sanctions against it. In mid-May, Czech President Milos Zeman signed a decree allowing 103 citizens of the country to join the Ukrainian military. Earlier, the authorities also reported on the transfer of Czech infantry fighting vehicles and T-72 tanks to Kyiv.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov believes that the supply of weapons to Ukraine will not change the course of the military operation, but will “cause more suffering” Kyiv. Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russia was “clicking American weapons in Ukraine like nuts” and its troops had already destroyed dozens of complexes, shells and various installations.
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