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Ministry of Defence of The Slovak Republic

Defence Minister Sklenár discusses assistance to Ukraine with Ukraine Defence Contact Group (UDCG) partners

Ministry of Defence of The Slovak Republic


In a video conference with other defence leaders, Defence Minister Martin Sklenár today attended a meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group (UDCG). The discussion sought to address the operational needs of Ukraine's Armed Forces in its defence against Russia's aggression.

In a statement, Defence Minister Martin Sklenár said: "Whilst Ukraine is into its second year of defending itself heroically against the Russian aggressor, the international community's support to it is key. Therefore, we must not let up either. We are determined to continue to thoroughly assess all of the Ukrainian side's follow-on requirements to contribute to its defence as our resources allow."

The head of the SVK MOD reminded that Slovakia is among the most active contributors of military assistance to Ukraine. Slovakia's military aid to Ukraine so far has included the S-300 air defence system, Božena demining UGVs, 30 BVP-1 IFVs, five transport helicopters, munitions, fuel, 13 MiG-29s, and some assets of the SA-6 "Gainful" surface-to-air missile system. In addition to running a battle damage repair (BDR) workshop in Michalovce, Slovakia also provides training to Ukrainian forces under the European Union Military Assistance Mission Ukraine (EUMAM UA).

Since its formation at Ramstein AB on 26 April 2022, the UDCG has met regularly, with the aim of exploring ways to sustain support to Ukraine in its fight against the aggressor. Today marked the 12th such meeting.

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