Danish government leaders meet with Zelensky in Mykolaiv

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen met with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky in the city of Mykolaiv on Monday.

Danish government leaders meet with Zelensky in Mykolaiv
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Mykolaiv. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Zelensky confirmed to news wire Reuters that the visit had taken place.

A video published by Ukrainian news outlet The Kyiv Independent shows Defence Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen and Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen also present alongside Frederiksen and Zelensky.

Mykolaiv was one of the first cities to be attacked when Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February last year.

The city was home to a population of around 500,000 prior to the war. An estimated 230,000 still live there.

Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate, Dan Jørgensen, also visited the Ukrainian harbour city this month. Jørgensen met Ukraine’s infrastructure minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

In March last year, Zelensky called for Denmark to help rebuild the bombarded city in an address to the Danish parliament.

Denmark has since taken on a prominent role in the work, including supply of construction machinery to the city.

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Denmark announces seven-billion kroner Ukraine fund

A majority in the Danish parliament has approved a new fund to help Ukraine defend itself against the Russian invasion.

Denmark announces seven-billion kroner Ukraine fund

The fund, which consists of seven billion kroner (€940 million), will be targeted at Danish military, civilian and commercial assistance to Ukraine, according to the Nordic country’s finance ministry.

“Last year, we came together in a historic national compromise on Danish security policies. That was necessary in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Finance Minister Nicolai Wammen said in a statement.

“With today’s agreement we give some seven million additional kroner to the efforts in Ukraine, and this will happen on a fully economically responsible basis,” he added.

All of parliament’s parties with the exception of the left-wing Red Green Alliance and Alternative parties voted for the fund.

Some 5.4 billion of the total 7 billion kroner will be spent on military assistance to Ukraine, with 1.2 billion kroner on civilian needs and 400 million to support businesses.

Part of the spending is funded by Denmark’s international development budget, while over 5 billion comes from spending an increased portion of the national GDP on the 2023 budget, news wire Ritzau states.

The money is designed to “retain a high level for military support” and “make a genuine difference for the Ukrainians,” acting defence minister Troels Lund Poulsen said.

“Their fight is our fight,” he added.