EU agrees on stepping up military aid to Ukraine

16 December 2022, 12:53 PM
EU leaders voted to continue tightening the screws on Russia (Photo:Guillaume Perigois)

EU leaders voted to continue tightening the screws on Russia (Photo:Guillaume Perigois)

The European Union has agreed to step up military aid to Ukraine, in particular air defense capacities and demining assistance, the European Council reported on Dec. 15, following a one-day summit in Brussels.

“The EU remains committed in its military support, notably through the European Peace Facility and the EU Military Assistance Mission,” the Council said.

The European Council also welcomes and encourages further efforts to ensure full accountability for war crimes and the other most serious crimes in connection with Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the institution stated.

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Additionally, it is working to use Russian assets frozen in the EU to restore Ukraine and to compensate for the damages caused, according to the report.

“The European Council discussed how to further increase collective pressure on Russia to end its war of aggression and withdraw its troops from Ukraine,” reads the report.

“It welcomed the reinforcement of EU restrictive measures against Russia, including through the EU’s ninth package of sanctions and the international oil price cap.”

EU heads of state or government also underlined the importance of ensuring the effective implementation of sanction measures against Russia, including preventing circumvention and its facilitation. They reiterated their call for all countries to align with EU sanctions.

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