| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

Zelenskiy seeks more support from Nordic leaders to save thousands of lives

On a surprise visit to Norway on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met with Jonas Gahr Stoere, the prime minister of Norway, and other Nordic officials to discuss increasing support for Kyiv in its conflict with Russia.

After meeting with US President Joe Biden and US senators in Washington, Zelenskiy stressed that bolstering Ukraine’s air defense was his top goal as he took out for Norway.

“Today we talked and will talk about such specific things that can save thousands and thousands of Ukrainian lives, as well as increasing pressure on the aggressor,” Zelenskiy told a joint news conference with Stoere in Oslo.

Russia struck the Ukrainian capital Kyiv with ballistic missiles in the second such attack so far this week. Zelenskiy said that Russia targeted civilian infrastructure in the overnight attack.

Stoere said that Norway will donate 3 billion crowns ($273 million) to Ukraine.

The funds were part of a package agreed previously by Norway’s parliament, of 75 billion crowns over 5 years.

“Norway will continue to support Ukraine’s fight to defend itself. We are providing targeted, long-term support to assist Ukraine in its battle for freedom and democracy,” Stoere said in a statement.

“Ukraine’s efforts are important to safeguarding freedom and security here in Norway as well.”

  • Reuters