A policy shift on the part of Bulgaria has resulted in the delivery of around 100 armored personnel carriers to the Ukrainian armed forces, which will aid Kyiv in its fight against the Russian invasion.
By a vote of 148 to 52, Bulgaria’s parliament approved the government’s plan to send the first shipment of heavy military equipment to Ukraine since the conflict broke out.
The Bulgarian Parliament has decided to donate some military hardware to Ukraine since the country could use it to defend itself against Russia’s attack, which was both unprovoked and unwarranted.
Bulgaria, then a Soviet partner in the Warsaw Pact, received the Soviet-made armored vehicles in the 1980s.
Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004, but the country still has plenty military plants dedicated to producing ammunition for Soviet-era weaponry.
The provision of military help to Ukraine was approved in principle by Parliament at the end of the previous year, but the specifics of that aid were left to the executive branch.
President Rumen Radev’s appointment of interim governments in the past both refused direct arms supply to Kyiv.
He has recently shown his support for Russia by claiming that Kiev is to fault for the fighting and that arming Ukraine will only make the situation worse.
The new, pro-Western government, however, has chosen to ship the armored vehicles to Ukraine, along with weapons and replacement parts.
Liberal politician Ivaylo Mirchev argued that the Ukrainians ought to be given armored personnel carriers since they were fighting for both their own and our independence.
Socialist party members and Revival party members sympathetic to Moscow cast no votes in favor of the decision.
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Socialist Party member Kristian Vigenin stated on Saturday that while Norway cannot assist Ukraine with military choices or the shipment of military weapons, it may serve as a peace mediator because of its unique relationships with both parties.
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