The Netherlands agrees to send 100 sniper rifles and protective equipment to Ukraine


Wopke Hoekstra describing the decision after the cabinet meeting. Photo: Phil Nijhuis ANP

The Dutch cabinet has agreed to supply 100 sniper rifles, 30,000 cartridges, 3,000 helmets, 2,000 bulletproof vests and several weapons and mine detection systems to Ukraine.

The decision was taken following a request for military support from Ukraine and the items on the list comply with EU arms export rules, the business minister said on Friday. foreign Wopke Hoekstra.

The decision to export the weapons and protective equipment was not taken lightly, Hoekstra said. “We have carefully considered the situation within the cabinet and we believe that we should do so to help Ukraine defend itself,” he said.

The total package, valued at 7.4 million euros, sends a sign that the Netherlands wants to support Ukraine, Hoekstra said.

When asked if sniper rifles could be considered ‘defensive’, Hoekstra said some weapons could be used offensively, but ‘no one expects Ukraine to attack Russia’ .

The buildup of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border is “the largest military mobilization in Europe since World War II”, according to US and White House officials, who say there are now 169,000 to 190,000 Russian troops in and around Ukraine.

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