Italy Bolsters Military Support For Ukraine

November 8, 2022

The newly formed Italian government under Giorgia Meloni has been the subject of concerns, with some fearing the course that the country might take after right-wing parties took power. One of the issues pointed out was the concern about Meloni’s stance towards Ukraine, NATO, and the EU. Before the events of 24 February, the current Italian Prime Minister stressed her willingness to improve relations with Russia and allied herself with prominent Italian political figure Silvio Berlusconi, who recent claimed that Ukraine had provoked Russia’s invasion.

Concerns over future Italian support may be allayed, however, since taking office Italy’s new PM has reaffirmed Italy’s support for Ukraine.

Italian Air Force has been regularly conducting flights with supplies to Rzeszow-Jesionka Airport, a hub for military aid directed to Ukraine from Poland. However, no solid provisions for military aid were provided during the last few months. In late October this situation changed, with Meloni’s government making more solid declarations in its first week in power.

According to la Republica Italy will deliver the following pieces of equipment to Ukraine:
– 2 M270A1 MLRS
– 6 155mm PzH 2000 artillery systems
– ~30 Self-propelled 155mm M109L howitzers
– several dozens of M113 Armored Personel Carriers

In addition to the declared aid package, SIDAM 25 anti-aircraft systems might be included in future deliveries. Due to the increase in Russian drone and missile strikes, targeting power infrastructure and civilian objects, significant air defense systems are required. The Ukrainian military has often resorted to MANPADS “nets” in order to intercept low-flying cruise missiles.

The strongly pro-Ukrainian and pro-European course recently declared by current Italian PM and her government may not have been anticipated but is certainly welcomed by the EU and NATO. It may frustrate the Kremlin’s hopes for a divided West.

8 comments

  1. Some of those items in the package above are additions. I’m glad that this one includes air defense systems, which have top priority at the moment. I am especially pleased by Italy’s new Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni. Indeed, there are now a number of women in European politics that are stronger than most of the male counterparts. You could say, they have bigger balls, since they stand up to the filthy little Moscow rat.

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  2. Putler owns the far right globally. This is the first one to buck that trend. Ms Meloni is to be congratulated. Although unfortunately the slippery putlerite greaseball Berlusconi is part of her coalition. What job has he got? The Minister of graft and whoring putler-grovellers perhaps?

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      • Hatred of gays is a feature of fascism and all totalitarian societies such as putler and his vile allies Iran, Syria etc. Other putler fan boys obsessed with gays include Bolsonaro, Orban etc.
        What I said was that he owns the far right; which he does in the sense that they all support him; eg the GOP Trump wing, Berlusconi’s party, Le Pen, Wilders, Farage, Bolsonaro, Modi, Orban.
        So in that sense Meloni is a welcome bucking of that trend.
        The ruling party in Poland is often referred to as “far right” but of course it isn’t; it’s conservative. That may well be the case with Meloni too.
        All supporters of putler are fascist; which is simultaneously far left and far right. Hence the term “horseshoe of politics.”
        Putler is a Marxist-Leninist turned fascist imperialist. Which is an easy transition: add nationalism to socialism and what do you get?
        Yes he’s also a kleptocrat; like all his vermin associates.
        As Bill Browder puts it; he has become the world’s richest man and protecting that wealth and the power that comes with it overrides any ideological considerations.

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    • They probably invented some sort of insignificant task for the slimy slithery saliva splotch to satisfy him and his fellow little spittle spots in the government.

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  3. Nothing about him is leftist. He reduced social benefits and education budgets to near zero. There is almost nothing left of the welfare and healthcare system.

    I can’t think of any leftist policy over his 22 years in power.

    I think the only way you can describe him is extreme-right.

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