War-torn Ukraine needs $42.6bn of foreign aid this year: PM

Denys Shmyhal war-torn Ukraine prime minister

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has said at a government meeting that the war-torn country was counting on “stable and timely assistance” from its international partners.

“A total of $42.6bn of external financing was attracted in 2023. Of this, 27 percent are grant funds,” he said.

“The leaders of support are unchanged: the European Union, the United States, the IMF, Japan, Canada, the UK, the World Bank. The needs this year are more than $37bn. We count on rhythmic, stable and timely assistance from our partners,” Shmyhal added.

Norway to provide two F-16s for training Ukrainian pilots

Norway will send the F-16 fighter jets to Denmark so Ukrainian pilots can train to use the US-made aircraft.

Norwegian Defence Minister Bjorn Arild Gram said that 10 Norwegian instructors had already been sent to Denmark to train Ukrainian pilots.

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Poland says West should give Ukraine long-range missiles

The West should tighten sanctions against Russia and provide Kyiv with long-range missiles in response to Moscow’s latest shelling of Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Wednesday.

“We should respond to the latest onslaught on Ukraine in language that Putin understands: By tightening sanctions so that he cannot make new weapons with smuggled components and by giving Kyiv long range missiles that will enable it to take out launch sites and command centers,” Sikorski wrote on X.

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