Nascer do SOL: Portugal will transfer armored personnel carriers and howitzers to Ukraine The government decided to do this at the request of the American leadership. In addition, Prime Minister António Costa intends to visit Kyiv soon and sign an agreement on financial assistance with the Ukrainian authorities
M113 armored personnel carrier
The Portuguese government approved the shipment of 15 M113A armored personnel carriers, five 155mm howitzers and light weapons to Ukraine, Nascer do SOL reports, citing sources.
In the 1990s, Portugal acquired more than 150 M113s from the US, and they have been in service with the country's army ever since. According to the newspaper, the authorities agreed to transfer part of the vehicles to Kyiv at the request of Washington.
According to the newspaper, the government also demanded that the National Republican Guard prepare four Iveco armored vehicles for transfer to Ukraine.
Portuguese Defense Minister Helena Carreiras said this week that the government would “as far as possible” help Ukraine and is already sending her “equipment”. “We have already sent a total of 170 tons of military and non-military supplies, including medical supplies, and we will continue to discuss the possibility of further support,” promised Carreiras.
The publication notes that the weapons and equipment that Lisbon is ready to transfer to Kyiv are not among those that Ukraine needs most now. President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Western countries to send tanks, warplanes and missiles to Ukraine.
On May 5, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa announced that he had accepted the invitation of his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal to visit Kyiv. He spoke about his intention to sign an agreement “on significant financial support” in Ukraine. The prime minister did not name the date of the visit, but Nascer do SOL writes that it will take place in the next three weeks.
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After the start of the Russian military operation on Many countries sent Ukraine weapons, ammunition and other assistance to Kyiv. Russian authorities criticize “pumping” Ukraine with weapons: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the current situation a “proxy war,” and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned that Moscow considers arms shipments on Ukrainian territory to be targets for strikes. The Kremlin stated that the supply of weapons would not prevent Russia from achieving the goals of the special operation.
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