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Ukraine: Govt OKs arms to Kyiv for whole of 2023

Sixth aid decree to include Aspide air defence systems

(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 2 - The Italian government on Thursday night approved a decree extending supplies of aid including arms to Ukraine for the whole of 2023.
    Italy's sixth aid decree to Kyiv is expected to be approved by the end of this year or the start of next, sources said.
    It is expected to include Aspide (Asp) ground-to-air missile defence systems to help stop a barrage of Russian missiles on Ukraine.
    The Aspide is to be preferred over the more advanced Samp/T system which is rarer and harder to get, sources said.
    But the exact nature of the military aid, like the previous shipments, is to be covered by national security precepts and will only be communicated to the intelligence services, sources said.
    The decree just passed was called "the NATO decree". (ANSA).


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