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Finland has 5.5 million people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Finland The US State of Minnesota has 5.7 million and South Carolina 5.28 million. At 333,287,557 the US has over 60 times as many people as Finland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population Thus, Finland’s defense support of 590 million for Ukraine would be similar to 36 billion euros from the USA. This is defense equipment and not other sorts of aid.
“Finland will deliver more defense aid to Ukraine
20.01.2023 09:00, Ministry of Defence, Finland
Finland donates more defense aid to Ukraine. The President of the Republic decided on the matter on January 19, 2023 based on the proposal of the Government.
This is the twelfth defense aid shipment from Finland to Ukraine. It is estimated that replacing the items in this shipment will cost Finland more than 400 million euros.
With the latest package, the compensable value of all defense equipment packages delivered by Finland to Ukraine is EUR 590 million.
– Ukraine still needs support in its defense battle. The set of defense equipment to be sent now is clearly the largest we have decided so far. Finland delivers heavy weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, says Defense Minister Mikko Savola.
For operational reasons and to guarantee the safe delivery of the aid, the content, method of delivery or schedule of the aid will not be announced in more detail. The additional aid has taken into account both the needs of Ukraine and the resource situation of the Defense Forces.
Supporting Ukraine will also be on display on Friday, January 20, 2023 in Ramstein, Germany, where the defense ministers of Finland and Sweden are to sign the Statement of Intent regarding support.
Part of the Finnish defense equipment aid now being sent to Ukraine is possible thanks to the intensifying bilateral Finland-Sweden cooperation: according to the declaration of intent to be signed today, Finland will hand over material to Ukraine, and Sweden expresses its readiness to support Finland as needed. The Finnish and Swedish defense forces review and, if necessary, update their operational plans in this regard.
The defense administrations have worked out how to support Ukraine with the defense material it needs in such a way that the material support would not endanger the implementation of Finland’s or Sweden’s national defense. Joint support for Ukraine is an indication of the deep mutual trust between Finland and Sweden and the ever-closer defense cooperation.
The letter of intent is not a legally binding document.
Declaration of intent in English: https://www.defmin.fi/files/5623/FISE_SOI_20_01_23.pdf”
HT: “Finland transfers heavy armament and ammunition to Ukraine as the largest aid package to date” 20 January, 2023 https://mil.in.ua/en/news/finland-transfers-heavy-armament-and-ammunition-to-ukraine-as-the-largest-aid-package-to-date/
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