The defense ministers of the European Union member states held a meeting on August 30, during which they discussed support for Ukraine.
This was announced by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell during a press conference. According to him, the participants of the meeting discussed help in three areas:
“I propose to create an aid fund for Ukraine for 2024-2027 to ensure the sustainability of our military assistance.
This fund, which will be integrated into the European Peace Fund, should be a key element of our long-term contribution to Ukraine's security, as agreed by European leaders in June. They also offer a fund with an allocation of EUR 5 billion per year”, said Borrell.
“This mission has had a real impact and has been completed with unprecedented speed. As part of this mission, 25,000 Ukrainian soldiers have already been trained. We will also reach 30,000 soldiers trained for this mission by the end of October. I suggest to the Ministers to increase the key goal of the mission is to train 40,000 Ukrainian soldiers who will be trained by the end of the year”, explained the diplomat.
The High Representative of the EU underlined that European countries acted on this issue as part of a three-pronged initiative:
“We have approached the Member States of the European Union and are ready to co-finance any supplies of EU ammunition exported from EU warehouses to Ukraine. If Member States are unable to provide more [transmissions] from their stockpiles, this is just an incentive to increase capacity,” added Borrel.