Photo: Norway has donated 22 self-propelled artillery vehicles (M109 howitzers), including related gear, spare parts and ammunition, to Ukraine. (Photo by Frederik Ringnes/Norwegian Armed Forces)
At present, Norway has provided a total of approximately NOK 2.1 billion in support to Ukraine and its neighbouring countries in response to Russia’s military aggression. This includes funding for humanitarian assistance, support for the refugee response in neighbouring countries, budget support to the Ukrainian government administration, and support to Ukrainian farmers.
An overview of how the funding from Norway has been allocated is given below.
Budget support and support to Ukrainian farmers:
NOK 300 million in budget support to the Ukrainian government administration via the World Bank. The funding will be used to pay salaries for health care personnel, teachers and public sector employees, as well as for payment of pensions and social benefits.
NOK 50 million to Ukrainian farmers via the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to help ensure that Ukraine can maintain its agricultural production.
Humanitarian assistance (NOK 1.7 billion):
NOK 310 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for humanitarian efforts.
NOK 300 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) for food security and the fight against hunger.
NOK 274 million to Norwegian humanitarian organisations for their relief efforts and mine clearance activities in Ukraine, and to the refugee response in neighbouring countries (Caritas, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Church Aid, NORCAP, Norwegian People’s Aid, the Norwegian Red Cross, and Save the Children Norway).
NOK 160 million to the UN Refugee Agency for the refugee response in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries.
NOK 62 million to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) for efforts to prevent human trafficking, among other things.
NOK 365 million for efforts carried out under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM).
This is in addition to Norway’s core support to the UN Refugee Agency, the World Food Programme, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.
NOK 100 million has been earmarked for support for Moldova. One of the poorest countries in Europe, Moldova has seen an influx of over 400 000 refugees. The funding will be used to provide assistance to vulnerable refugees and to facilitate the efforts of the Moldovan authorities.
The Government has proposed financial measures totalling NOK 10.7 billion to better equip Norwegian municipalities to receive, house and follow up refugees from Ukraine.
Norway has agreed to bring up to 550 patients from Ukraine (article in Norwegian only) to Norway for medical treatment. The first patients and their family members have already arrived.
Assistance provided through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM):
Medical supplies: 22 kits of ‘100-10’ surgical supplies, each kit stocked with supplies for 100 inpatients for 10 days. This corresponds to 10 tonnes of supplies, sent on 44 pallets transported to Poland in 2 lorries. These supplies have been provided by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.
Medicines/pharmaceutical products: 53 tonnes of a variety of medicines and pharmaceutical products sent on 175 pallets transported by 7 lorries to Poland for further transport. These were provided by the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the regional health authorities.
Personal protective equipment (PPE)/infection control equipment: PPE such as smocks, gloves and masks (roughly 1.4 million articles) sent on 239 pallets, transported by 5 lorries to Poland. This equipment was provided by the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the regional health authorities.
Ambulances: 4 ambulances with selected equipment were transported on 2 lorries to Poland for use in Ukraine. The ambulances were provided by the Central Norway Regional Health Authority.
Firefighting foam: 13 tonnes of firefighting foam has been transported to a hub in Poland for further transport into Ukraine. The foam was provided by the Eidfjord municipal fire department and Nordic Fire and Security in Ågotnes, near Bergen. The shipment arrived in Poland on 27 April.
Sandbags: A donation of 40 000 sandbags from the Norwegian Civil Defence for protection of cultural heritage sites arrived in Poland on 4 May.
CBRN protective equipment: approximately 1 250 protective suits and masks were offered to Ukraine and accepted. The equipment was transported on Monday 30 May and arrived on 1 June.
Tents and camp beds: 40 ROFI tents, sized 30–96 m2, and 330 camp beds have been donated and delivered to Moldova, for use by Ukrainian refugees. The tents and beds were transported together with personal hygiene items (see below). The equipment was provided by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) through the Norwegian Civil Defence.
Personal hygiene articles: 5 000 personal hygiene items for Ukrainian refugees were transported together with tents and camp beds.
Medicines and vaccines: A large shipment of medicines and vaccines, organised via the Norwegian Directorate of Health, arrived in Slovakia on 6 May.
Radio communications, camp beds, sleeping bags and mats have been provided to the Ukrainian border control authorities. Some of these items will be transported onwards to Rivne Nuclear Power Plant.
Norway has donated 4 000 M72 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine. These weapons have been delivered.
Norway has donated 1 500 bulletproof vests, 5 000 helmets, 15 000 field rations, 1 000 protective masks with filters, 2 000 sleeping bags, 10 000 sleeping mats and some clothing to Ukraine. This equipment has been delivered.
Norway has donated an air defence system to Ukraine.
Norway will contribute to a fund to coordinate acquisition of military equipment for Ukraine. This is a UK-led initiative to coordinate the procurement and transport of defence equipment needed by Ukraine. The Norwegian Government has proposed to allocate NOK 400 million to the fund.
Norway has donated 22 self-propelled artillery vehicles (M109 howitzers), including related gear, spare parts and ammunition, to Ukraine.
Human rights, freedom of expression and cultural heritage:
Norway supports UNESCO and Norwegian and international efforts to protect journalists, artists and human rights defenders in Ukraine.
Norway’s core support to its partner organisations provides them with the flexibility to respond quickly in times of crisis and conflict.
Norway’s core support has gone towards, among other things, safety training, protective equipment, courses in journalistic methods, and the establishment of safe centres for journalists, artists and human rights defenders in the border areas.
Norway has also provided support for the protection of Ukraine’s cultural heritage.