Norway has donated 22 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine to help it "withstand Russian attacks," according to the Norwegian Ministry of Defense (MOD).
In a statement Wednesday, defense minister Bjørn Arild Gram said that the "development in the war in Ukraine now suggests that it is necessary to also donate heavier artillery and weapons’ systems."
The Norwegian Army has donated the M109 artillery guns, which are long-range weapons, after recently replacing their stock with new artillery from South Korea, the statement said.
The guns were donated along with equipment, spare parts and ammunition, according to the Norwegian MOD.
Ukrainian soldiers were already trained in the use of the system by the Norwegian Army in Germany, the statement added.
Gram called Norway's donation a "substantial contribution" that is "very much in demand by Ukraine."
"The Norwegian government has waited to publicly announce the donation for security reasons. Future donations may not be announced or commented upon," the statement said.
The United States, the Netherlands and Germany are some of the other nations who have also provided Ukraine with supplies of howitzers.