European Union launches own arms package for Ukraine

notWhile 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 emergency support measures” to foreign ministers during a special session on Sunday evening. “They aim to fund the delivery of lethal equipment to the heroic Ukrainian army 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 financed 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 and is technically not part of the EU budget because, according to the EU treaty, the EU is not allowed to finance weapons from the common budget. This budget should be used primarily to equip the armed forces in Africa which are trained by the European Union.

Britain may wish 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 taboo at the time. Nor would it have received support from the federal government. This has now changed with the change in Germany, but also in other countries like Hungary.

On Saturday evening, the federal government announced that it would deliver 400 anti-aircraft missiles and 1,000 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. Previously, the Netherlands had allowed weapons to be transported into the country from the stocks of the armed forces. 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 particularly useful for fighting armored vehicles in cities, as it can be used at close range and to protect houses.

Stinger missiles, previously delivered to Ukraine by other allies, have shot down several Russian warplanes in recent days, as seen in video on social media documents.

On Friday evening, Britain’s defense secretary called a donors’ conference for Ukraine to pledge military equipment and coordinate supplies. According to the British Ministry of Defence, more than 25 countries took part, including some NATO partner countries. “We stand with Ukraine and are pursuing all options to help it defend against President Putin’s unwarranted and unlawful invasion,” Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement. Defense sources later said the UK had offered to support the arms delivery with a logistics operation.

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