EU approves EUR 500 million in security assistance to Ukraine

23 January, 09:37 PM
European Union (Photo:REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

European Union (Photo:REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

The EU has allocated EUR 500 million ($543 million) to further military aid to Ukraine, Reuters reported on Jan. 23, citing its sources.

According to the report, the decision was made at the most recent EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. The package includes EUR 45 million ($49 million) for “non-lethal equipment” for EU’s program of training Ukrainian troops.

Notably, Hungary did not veto the aid package, but remains opposed to further sanctions against Russia, “especially if they would limit Budapest and Moscow’s cooperation in nuclear energy.”

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The ministers were also expected to discuss using frozen Russian assets to finance Ukraine’s recovery.

Defense ministers of Ukraine’s international partners gathered at the U.S. Air Force Ramstein base in Germany on Jan. 20, discussing the ongoing and future efforts to equip Kyiv’s troops with modern weapons. While the meeting produced commitments to supply Ukraine with artillery systems and infantry fighting vehicles, Berlin refused to greenlight its allies providing Kyiv with German-made Leopard-2 main battle tanks.

At the same time, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the partners agreed to begin training Ukrainian tank crews in operating Leopards.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier said that Poland, Finland, Spain, and Portugal are willing to send Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine, pending Berlin’s permission.

Recently-appointed German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius subsequently said the decision on sending Leopards to Ukraine will be made soon.

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