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The European Council agreed €1 billion in military support for Ukraine

On 13 April, the European Council adopted an assistance measure worth €1 billion under the European Peace Facility (EPF) to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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These funds will be used to reimburse EU member states for the costs of ammunition they transfer to Ukraine from 9 February to 31 May 2023. The ammunition may come from existing stocks or from the reprioritization of existing orders.

“With today’s decision, we operationalize the first part of the historic agreement reached by EU leaders to support the immediate delivery of €1 billion worth of artillery ammunition for the Ukrainian armed forces. There is no better demonstration of the EU’s united resolve and determination to continue supporting Ukraine’s legitimate right of self-defense against the brutal Russian aggressor,” said Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union.

Such a decision of the European Union implements the first part of the Council agreement of 20 March, 2023. This three-track strategy is intended to speed up the delivery and joint purchasing of artillery ammunition for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. With the previous seven tranches of support, today’s military support package brings the total EU contribution for Ukraine under the European Peace Facility to €4,6 billion.

The EPF initiative was established in 2021 to support partners of the European Union around the world in the areas of military and defense. Its main goal is to prevent conflicts, preserve peace, and strengthen international security and stability. After Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, this mechanism was actively used to provide military assistance to Ukraine.