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The European Union launches its own arms package for Ukraine

The European Union launches its own arms package for Ukraine

nAfter most EU countries have already agreed bilaterally to supply arms to Ukraine, they now want it too European Union Launch your package. Foreign Minister Josep Borrell announced at noon that he would present “two measures of emergency support” to foreign ministers in a special session Sunday evening. “They aim to finance the delivery of lethal equipment to the heroic Ukrainian army which is fighting in resolute resistance against the Russian invaders, and will provide them with much-needed non-lethal supplies such as fuel,” Borrell said.

Thomas Gotchaker

Political correspondent for the European Union, NATO and the Benelux countries, based in Brussels.

This package will be funded by the European Peace Facility. The Spanish Social Democrat initially did not provide any additional information on the size and type of weapons.

The Peace Facility is a special provision created by Heads of State and Government for the first time with the financial framework for the years 2020 to 2027. It consists of a total of 5.7 billion euros and is technically not part of the EU budget because according to the EU treaty, the EU is not allowed to finance arms from the budget common. This budget should primarily be used to equip the armed forces in Africa that are being trained by the European Union.

Great Britain may want to provide logistical assistance

At the beginning of December, 31 million euros were released from this budget for the Armed Forces of Ukraine – for field hospitals, mobility support, logistics and electronic issues. Armed support was still considered a taboo at the time. She wouldn’t have received support from the federal government, either. That has now changed with the shift in Germany, but also in other countries such as Hungary.

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On Saturday evening, the federal government announced that it would deliver to Ukraine 400 anti-aircraft missiles and 1,000 anti-tank missiles. Previously, the Netherlands had allowed to transport weapons into the country from stockpiles Armed forces Come. These are 200 Stinger missiles and 50 Panzerfaust-3 launchers with 400 shells developed for the German army. These weapons are relatively easy to use, and the bazooka is especially useful for fighting armored vehicles in cities, as it can be used at close range and to protect homes.