18:52 02 Feb 2023

EU announces new financial aid package to support Ukrainian army

Today, February 2, the Council of the European Union formally adopted a decision on further military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 

The EU announced the seventh tranche of €500 million and another 45 million euros to support the military training mission (EUMAM Ukraine).

The High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, emphasized that Ukraine should receive all the necessary military equipment and training to protect its territory and people.

"Ukraine should get all the necessary military equipment and training it needs to defend its territory and its people from russia's war of aggression. They are not just defending their country; they are also defending our common values and the basic principles of international law. Today's new measures send a clear message at a crucial time: we will continue supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes and as long as it is needed."

With the seventh aid package, the European Union's contribution to the European Peace Fund (EPF) will amount to  €3.6 billion. Previous tranches for Ukraine within the EPF were agreed on February 28, March 23, April 13, May 23, July 21, and October 17, 2022.

Borrell said that an additional 45 million to support the Ukrainian military training within EUMAM Ukraine was allocated to provide the necessary non-lethal equipment, materials, and services to support training activities.

On October 17, 2022, the EU Council established EUMAM Ukraine with an initial term of two years. The mission is intended to ensure individual, collective, and specialized training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as coordination and synchronization of training activities of the participating states.

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