The Czech government approved on Saturday sending weapons and ammunition worth 188 million crowns to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s attack, the Czech Defence Ministry said.
The shipment, which includes machine guns, assault rifles and other light weapons, will be delivered by the Czech side to a location picked by Ukraine, the ministry said.
Moreover, the Czech Republic is calling on EU states that are members of the International Investment Bank (IIB) and the International Bank for Economic Co-operation (IBEC) to quit the Soviet-era institutions which count Russia as their largest shareholder.
The Czech Finance Ministry said in a statement on Friday that as part of actions to punish Russia for its attack on Ukraine, the Czechs would speed up their planned departure from the IIB, which moved its headquarters to Budapest from Moscow in 2019, and the Moscow-based IBEC.
Machine guns, submachine guns, sniper rifles, pistols and ammunition worth 7.6 million EUR.
This morning, the Czech government approved further military assistance to Ukraine, which is under attack by Russia.
Our aid and support continues.#SupportUkraine
— Ministerstvo obrany (@ObranaTweetuje) February 26, 2022
Yesterday, the Czech Republic banned Russian airlines from flying to the central European country from Saturday and is considering further steps against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine in addition to sanctions agreed by the European Union.
To help Ukraine, the Czech government will send fuel and blood and release 300 million crowns in aid to refugees, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Friday.