Defence minister Helena Carreiras (left) with Ukraine's ambassador to Portugal Inna Ohnivets

Ukraine: Portugal prepares 99-ton consignment

Defence minister: “Portugal reaffirms its support to Ukraine’s resistance of Russian aggression

The third consignment of military aid to help Ukraine’s fight for freedom will be made up of 99 tons of material, some of it medical, defence minister Helena Carreiras has tweeted, following comments made by her predecessor and current head of diplomacy João Gomes Cravinho yesterday.

Reading between the lines, this shows Portugal is in fact increasing the support being sent to Ukraine.

The last two consignments of military aid sent over involved, between them, 60-70 tons of material. 

The news comes as investigators are following up on claims that chemical weapons have been used to ‘flush out’ the last remnants of Ukrainian resistance in the port city of Mariupol. 

Nuno Rogério, a daily commentator on SIC television, described reports on the ground of people suffering ‘heart attacks’, ‘breathing difficulties’ and problems with their skin.

His information came directly from fighters in Mariupol, he said.

If chemical weapons are indeed proved to have been used, sources have stressed this would represent a ‘game changer’ in terms of Western involvement.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com