The Netherlands on Saturday said it will send 200 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine to help the country “better defend itself against Russia.”



The decision was taken following a request by Kyiv and the weapons will be delivered “as soon as possible,” according to a statement by the Dutch Defense Ministry.

The statement added that other equipment previously pledged by the Netherlands, including weapons, radars, and helmets, has been dispatched to Ukraine.



A separate Foreign Ministry statement said the Dutch diplomatic mission in Lviv, western Ukraine, is also being closed due to the deteriorating security situation.

The Netherlands had earlier moved its diplomatic staff from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to Lviv.

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