Prague – The Czech Republic donated military equipment worth around 1.2 billion crowns to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion last year. This follows from the material on the website of the Ministry of Defense. Among the gifts were aircraft equipment, dozens of tanks, combat vehicles, rocket launchers and handguns and ammunition. It was a piece of equipment with a year of purchase from the end of the 1950s to this year. The purchase price of these items was a total of 6.2 billion crowns, according to the defense, 1.2 billion is the residual value.
The ministry published the list and value of military equipment at the request of the Přísaha political movement. The authority states that this is declassified military material donated to Ukraine from February 24, 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine, to October 9 this year. Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) said in February of this year, after US President Joe Biden’s meeting with the representatives of NATO’s eastern wing countries, that the Czech government’s military aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion amounts to ten billion crowns. National Security Adviser Tomáš Pojar said at the time that the Czech defense industry sent weapons and equipment worth another 30 billion to Ukraine.
In the list now published by the Ministry of Defense, there are, for example, four pieces of aircraft technology. Defense Minister Jana Černochová (ODS) said at the Our Security conference this June that the Czech Republic donated helicopters to Ukraine. According to experts and the media, these were apparently Mi-24 combat helicopters. Another item is 62 tanks purchased between 1968 and 1993. The Czech Republic also donated over 130 infantry fighting vehicles and dozens of unspecified cars to Ukraine.
The donations also include 13 self-propelled howitzers and 12 rocket launchers, all complete with ammunition for these weapons. Furthermore, the ministry announced that the Czech Republic also donated 128 mortars with ammunition and tens of thousands of small arms supplemented with millions of cartridges. In addition to weapons and technology, Ukraine also received military medical material and equipment from the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic receives compensation for donated military equipment. From the USA, the state has already received, or will receive, according to the Ministry of Defense, eight H1 helicopters and 300 million dollars (about 6.9 billion crowns), from Germany 15 Leopard 2A4 tanks, and will also receive a total of 78 million euros (1.9 billion crowns) through the European Peace Facility, which serves to finance EU priorities in the area of defense and security.
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