The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria ratified the agreement between Bulgaria’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense on November 22.
The Bulgarian police will transfer the armored personnel carriers from their stocks.
Ukraine and Bulgaria reached an agreement in July 2023 to transfer armored personnel carriers, but since it involves military-technical cooperation between the countries, the Bulgarian parliament had to ratify it.
As a result, Bulgaria will transfer 100 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine for the first time since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began.
Parliament’s support for the delivery of armored personnel carriers
The decision was supported by 152 deputies from the coalition parties GERB-SDS, Continuing Changes and Democratic Bulgaria, as well as the Movement for Rights and Freedoms and the There Is Such a People party.
The socialist and pro-Russian Revival parties opposed the deal.
Bulgaria will supply Ukraine with armored personnel carriers equipped with existing weapons, as well as spare parts for their maintenance, which the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs no longer needs.
Replacement of APCs with new military vehicles
At the same time, in September, the US State Department approved the possible sale of Stryker combat vehicles to Bulgaria.
The deal involves the supply of 183 Stryker vehicles for various purposes to the Bulgarian armed forces.
This Bulgarian assistance is essential for the advancement of the Ukrainian military counteroffensive and the liberation of the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine.