The European Union has donated an additional half a billion euros to the fund that EU countries can use to buy arms and military equipment from Ukraine.
The money is intended to be used for heavy weapons for Ukraine, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said. The total amount of the fund now stands at 2 billion euros for this year.
According to Borrell, what the West must do to stop the Russians in Ukraine is clear. “More of the same: more support for Ukraine, including military support,” he said in Germany, where he is attending the G7 summit.
According to the Spaniard, the money is not used for combat aircraft, but only for the purchase of heavy weapons such as tanks and artillery. “Materials necessary for this kind of warfare.” The West initially only supplied Ukraine with light defensive weapons, but that has changed in recent weeks.
Russian attack targeting eastern Ukraine
The Russian attack now mainly targets eastern Ukraine. There, the Ukrainian army needs heavy weapons to hold their ground and launch counterattacks.
EU countries that want to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia can declare arms deliveries to the fund. The so-called ‘peace facility’ is filled with contributions from member states, which therefore have to make additional contributions to expand the fund.