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Netherlands supplies air-defence missiles to Ukraine

The Dutch Government, has said it would lead an initiative among some European countries to supply a Patriot air defence missile system to Ukraine.

“Ukraine, of course, is still under attack. Airstrikes continue,’’ said Dutch Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren in Brussels on Tuesday.

“Patriot systems are scarce in Europe and NATO, but we are now taking a step forward, so we will supply components of Patriot systems,’’ she said.

A statement released from the Dutch Ministry of Defence said the Netherlands has identified which countries could offer additional Patriot parts and munitions.

This is in order to deliver a complete system to Ukraine.

It did not mention which countries were involved.

Jens Stoltenberg, secretary-general of the NATO military alliance, said air defence is the “most urgent need’’.

He said EU countries are “stepping up the delivery of ammunition, air defence systems, and in particular, the ones, the Patriot systems.’’

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