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Finland Sends Weapons to Ukraine in Historic Step

The Finnish government says it has taken a historic step by providing Ukraine with weapons. It concerns 1500 rocket launchers and many firearms and ammunition.


The country has a difficult relationship with neighbouring Russia. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto reacted with shock at the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

Finland seceded from Russia in 1917 and went to war with the Soviet Union twice between 1939 and 1944.

The country had to cede territory to the Soviet Union during the Second World War, and during the Cold War (1947-1989), it followed a policy of strict neutrality. It has, therefore, never become a member of NATO.

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