Contents tagged with The Netherlands

  • Netherlands pledges additional Patriot missile system and forensic aid to Ukraine in show of support

    During a joint briefing with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, the Netherlands' Defence Minister Ruben Brekelmans and Foreign Minister Caspar Veldkamp have announced that, alongside their partners, they will provide an additional Patriot missile system to Ukraine to bolster its air defence capabilities.

    "We discussed today how this initiative will be implemented and the anticipated delivery timeline of this system to Ukraine," said Kuleba.

    He also noted that the Netherlands had …

  • Netherlands commits €60 million for Ukrainian strike drone initiative

    The Netherlands has allocated €60 million to purchase strike UAVs for Ukraine, including maritime drones and FPV, reported the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

    Specifically, €17.5 million will be allocated for maritime drones, which the Ukrainian Forces will use to target Russian military facilities in the Black Sea. The ministry noted that, through this funding, they are supporting Ukrainian businesses which manufacture UAVs. Additionally, the Dutch Ministry of Defence believes that investments in …

  • Netherlands grants Ukraine freedom to use provided F-16s for striking Russian territory

    The Netherlands' position stands in contrast with Belgium's policy, which prohibits Kyiv from using transferred F-16 fighter jets to strike targets on Russian territory.

    Dutch Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren has assured Kyiv that the 24 F-16 fighter jets the Netherlands intends to provide to Ukraine may be used to strike targets on Russian territory.

    Ollongren emphasized that the Netherlands will not enforce any restrictions, as seen in the case of Belgium. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander …

  • Dutch Defense Minister: Netherlands to supply Ukraine with 24 F-16 fighter jets by summer

    Dutch Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren has indicated that the Netherlands plans to supply Ukraine with a total of 24 F-16 fighter jets.

    "They will be transferred to Ukraine as soon as everything is ready. This is contingent on the training of Ukrainian pilots and maintenance staff, as well as on the necessary infrastructure," Ollongren said in an interview with Ukrinform.

    Ollongren also discussed the types of weapons needed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to win the war.

    The head of the …

  • Netherlands pledges over 350 million euros for drones and ammunition for Ukraine

    The Netherlands commits over 150 million euros for ammunition and 200 million euros for drones to Ukraine, said Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren following the latest meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, reports Evropeyska Pravda citing the Dutch Defense Ministry.

    This funding covers 'air-to-surface class weapons for F-16 fighter jets destined for Ukraine. These munitions will be purchased directly from the industry.

    Additionally, the Netherlands is redeploying the previously promised …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine expects F-16 fighter jets from the Netherlands this year

    Ukraine's ambassador to the Netherlands, Oleksandr Horin, is confident that Kyiv will receive F-16 fighter jets this year, as reported by Ukrinform news agency.

    "Indeed, recently Ollongren [the Dutch Defense Minister] indicated that Ukraine will receive F-16 fighters from the Netherlands this year. We are aware of when exactly the Dutch fighters will be ready for delivery to Ukraine, but naturally, we will not disclose this information. However, we can clearly speak about the number of …

  • Training of Ukrainian pilots and technicians on F-16 fighter jets can take 6-8 months, says Dutch Defense Minister

    The training of Ukrainian pilots and technicians on F-16 fighter jets can take 6-8 months, said Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, Kajsa Ollongren, as reported by RBC-Ukraine.

    Ollongren emphasized the importance of a thorough training process due to Ukraine's need for the aircraft in the ongoing war, stating, "The pilots need to know how to fly and fight on these aircraft. You need technicians to service the fighters. You need to know how to use the F-16 weaponry."

    She estimated that it …

  • Russia is reportedly preparing acts of sabotage in the North Sea to cause chaos in Europe

    Russia uses civilian vessels to gather intelligence on Scandinavian countries' military activities and critical infrastructure in the North Sea, according to an investigation conducted by the special services and public broadcasters of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

    An entire fleet of Russian ships disguised as fishing trawlers and research vessels is reportedly studying and mapping the location of oil and gas pipelines, telecommunications cables, power plants and other facilities. …

  • Russia and the Netherlands privately discuss downed MH17 Boeing

    Russia and the Netherlands are in contact with each other about the investigation into the crash of Boeing MH-17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014, said the Dutch Ambassador to Russia, Renée Jones-Bos as cited by Interfax news agency.

    According to her, the Netherlands is "in contact with the interested parties in Russia, which are also dealing with this issue." At the same time, "the parties do not share information with the outside world."

    She noted that the sides are currently considering a full …

  • Kremlin: Russia will not accept responsibility for MH17 air disaster

    The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Maria Zakharova, stated that during the course of future consultations regarding the investigation of the MH17 flight crash in eastern Ukraine in 2014, Russia does not intend to admit its responsibility for the downing of the aircraft.

    According to her, the focus of the consultations that are soon to be held in Vienna will not be Russia's recognition of the legal responsibility for the downing of the aircraft.

    According to the …