The European Union plans to boost financial assistance to Ukraine for the purchase of weapons up to one billion euros. This was announced by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who arrived at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers in Brussels.

According to her, EU ministers will make a political decision on the allocation of additional financial assistance, and the German government will ensure the rapid implementation of arms orders from German companies.

Baerbock noted that the details of the timing and specific types of weapons would not be disclosed for security reasons, in particular, due to Russia’s threats to bomb Western arms supplies to Ukraine.

“We can’t talk about it in public because it’s a matter of life and death,” she said.

Meanwhile, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky once again called on Europe to stop funding Russia so that it does not have money to wage war in Ukraine.

“We fight against the occupiers who shoot refugees on the roads, kill civilians, create artificial famine in entire cities, burn residential areas. This is the worst war in Europe since World War II… Europe has a force more powerful than any missiles, tanks. If there is no trade with you, Russia will have no money for this war. So, let there be peace as soon as possible. And you can do this… Occupiers must get not a single euro. Close all ports to them, do not supply goods, give up energy resources. Press on Russia to leave Ukraine,” the Head of State said.

Peace is possible if joint efforts against the aggressor are made, he stressed.

As a reminder, the European Union imposed four sanctions packages on Russia over the full-scale war against Ukraine.

Bohdan Marusyak

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