The European Union on Friday has formalised an increase of EUR 500 mln, to a total of EUR 2.5 bn, in arms funding for Ukraine.
“Ukraine needs more weapons – we will supply them,” Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said, commenting on the matter.
In line with the current priorities expressed by the Ukrainian government, the aid measures include EUR 490 mln for military equipment for defence purposes and EUR 10 mln for the provision of equipment and consumables such as personal protective equipment, first aid kits and fuel.
Under the European Peace Facility, the EU agreed to mobilise an additional €500 million to help the Ukrainian armed forces:
🔹defend Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty
🔹protect the civilian population
The EU contribution now totals €2.5 billion.#StandWithUkraine
— EU Council (@EUCouncil) July 22, 2022
The EU has strongly condemned Russia’s indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations and infrastructure and called on the country to immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its troops and military equipment from all Ukrainian territory within its internationally recognised borders.
“International humanitarian law must be respected, including the treatment of prisoners of war. Ukrainians, especially children who have been forcibly deported to Russia, must be allowed to return safely immediately. Russia, Belarus and all those responsible for war crimes and other most serious crimes will be held accountable for their actions, in accordance with international law,” the European Council stressed.
In its conclusions of 23-24 June, the Council emphasised that the EU remains firmly committed to providing further military support to help Ukraine exercise its right to self-defence against Russian aggression and to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
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