Sweden, which is not a NATO member, announced that it would send Ukraine 5,000 anti-tank weapons, 5,000 helmets, 5,000 body armor and 135,000 field rations, plus around 52 million dollars for the Ukrainian army. Finland, likewise, said it would deliver 2,500 assault rifles and 150,000 cartridges, 1,500 anti-tank weapons and 70,000 combat rations.
But NATO has also taken steps to sharply strengthen its deterrence in member states on its eastern flank, to ensure that Russia does not test NATO’s commitment to collective defense. .
The United States alone has deployed an additional 15,000 troops to Europe – 5,000 to Poland, 1,000 to Romania and 1,000 to the Baltic states – while committing an additional 12,000 troops, if needed, to the United Nations Response Force. NATO, used for the first time in collective defence.
Washington has also deployed more fighter jets and attack helicopters to Romania, Poland and the Baltic states.
In other examples of NATO’s rapid effort to strengthen its eastern borders, France sent its first tranche of troops to Romania on Monday, to lead a new NATO battalion there, and provided Rafale fight in Poland.
Germany, which is already the leader of a NATO battalion in Lithuania, has sent 350 other soldiers and howitzers there, six fighter planes to Romania, some troops to Slovakia and two other ships for maritime patrols of NATO. Berlin also said it would send a Patriot missile battery and 300 troops to operate it on NATO’s eastern flank, but did not specify where.
Britain, NATO’s lead battalion in Estonia, has sent another 850 troops and more Challenger tanks there, along with another 350 troops to Poland. It also put another 1,000 on standby to help refugees and sent four more fighter jets to Cyprus, while sending two ships to the eastern Mediterranean.