EU to allocate another €500 million for Ukraine’s military
The European Union allocated 500 million euros to support the Armed Forces (Photo:Yves Herman / Reuters)
“The mobilization of an additional €500 million by EU member states is yet another proof that we remain steadfast in our support to the Ukrainian armed forces to defend the country against the escalating illegal aggression,” the EU Council said.
“Russia’s latest indiscriminate attacks on Ukrainian civilians and civilian infrastructure are another proof of Russia’s complete disrespect for human rights and international law,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, added.
“The EU will continue supporting Ukraine as long as it takes and as long as is needed.”
In total, the EU’s contribution within the framework of the European Peace Fund (EPF) for Ukraine has now reached €3.1 billion.
The amount of aid allocated in the new package corresponds to the current priorities set by the Ukrainian government.
“In this light, the assistance measures consist of €490 million for military equipment designed to deliver lethal force for defensive purposes, as well as €10 million intended to cover the provision of equipment and supplies, such as personal protective equipment, first aid kits, and fuel,” the statement reads.
“In addition, both assistance measures will also allow for the provision of maintenance and repair of already donated military equipment by EU member states to Ukraine under the EPF.”
The EU Council reiterated that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is illegal under international law, and is disproportionately harming Ukrainian civilians due to directed Russian attacks against cities and infrastructure.
“These war crimes must stop immediately,” the Council emphasized, adding that the perpetrators will be held accountable.
Previously, the EU Council has approved the creation of the EUMAM-based military training mission to support Ukraine’s Armed Forces in the country's struggle for its territorial integrity.
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