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Japan foreign minister announces $37 million donation to drone defense as air alert forces her into Kyiv bomb shelter

Foreign ministers of Japan and Ukraine hold a press conference in a bomb shelter. (Photo from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba's X account)

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, speaking at a press conference in a bomb shelter after an air attack warning interrupted her surprise visit to Kyiv, pledged to donate $37 million to a NATO fund that supports drone detection and other air defenses.

Kamikawa, who visited Kyiv on Sunday as part of a European trip, also announced the donation of five mobile gas turbine generators and seven transformers. The trip, in part, was meant to help prepare for the Feb 19 Japan-Ukraine Economic Reconstruction Promotion Conference in Tokyo.

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