Thursday, 10 August 2023

Leprechaun Legion: Ireland’s Military Support For Ukraine

By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Ireland has shown its commitment by providing €190 million in support to Ukraine. Of this total, €68.5 million has been dedicated to providing humanitarian aid, while an additional €122 million has been allocated for "non-lethal military assistance" under the framework of the European Peace Facility (EPF). [1] Remarkably, the Irish Government's efforts to address the fallout from the conflict extend to a substantial allocation of €2 billion for aiding refugees who have fled Ukraine this year, with plans to elevate this commitment to €2.5 billion through the Budget of 2024. It's worth noting that although Ireland's contributions are commendable for a non-NATO member state, they are comparatively modest when juxtaposed with the support provided by other non-NATO members like Japan, New Zealand, Israel and Australia. [2] [3] [4]

The following list attempts to keep track of military aid given to Ukraine by the Government of Ireland during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The entries below are sorted by category. Private and corporate donations are not included in this list. This list will be updated as further support is declared.

Military Gear

  • 200 Bulletproof Vests [March 2022]

Miscellaneous Items

  • 5000 Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MREs) [March 2022]

Financial Aid

  • €122 million To Purchase Non-Lethal Military Equipment Through NATO [Since February 2022]

Medical Aid

  • Rehabilitation Of 5 Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers In Ireland [June 2022]



  • The Deployment Of 30 Defence Forces Soldiers To Train Ukrainian In Explosive Ordnance Disposal  [From May 2023 onwards]

[1] Ireland has given Ukraine €122m in 'non-lethal military aid' and €68.5m in humanitarian support since war began
[2] Aid From Asia: Japan’s Military Support To Ukraine
[3] Haka For Humanity: New Zealand’s Military Aid to Ukraine
[4] Arms From Down Under: Australia’s Aid To Ukraine
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