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New EU aid to Ukraine on 344th day of conflict

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news of the day

“We are here together to show that the EU stands firmly with Ukraine.” On the eve of the EU-Ukraine summit in kyiv, Ursula von der Leyen arrived in the Ukrainian capital on Thursday. The President of the European Commission has multiplied the announcements.

Accompanied by her commissioners, the leader praised the efforts made by Ukraine in the fight against corruption, after the revelation of several scandals in the middle of the war. The German politician also announced a “tenth package of sanctions” against Moscow on February 24, one year to the day after the invasion of Ukraine.

Existing sanctions are “eroding the Russian economy”, said Ursula von der Leyen, estimating that the Russian oil price cap was costing Moscow “around 160 million euros a day”.

sentence of the day

It’s unbelievable, but German tanks are threatening us again.”

These are the words of Vladimir Putin. The Russian president took advantage of the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the German army in Stalingrad, to, once again, draw a parallel between the offensive in Ukraine and the war against Hitler.

Faced with the influx of Western tanks which will reinforce the Ukrainian army, the Head of State has shown himself to be offensive. “We have something to answer and it will not be limited to armored vehicles,” he said, before his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, indicated that Russia intends to use all its potential to respond to the deliveries of western weapons.

The number of the day

500 million euros. This is the new aid granted by the European Union to Ukraine. The European Council announced on Thursday its seventh aid to kyiv since the start of the conflict, bringing the budget for assistance to its ally to around 60 billion euros.

“The new measures taken today send a clear message at a crucial time: we will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary and for as long as it is necessary”, said Josep Borrell, the head of diplomacy European.

The trend

After obtaining tanks, Ukraine maintains its pressure on the West. One objective: to obtain fighter planes. This Thursday, London said it was examining the issue.

“On the issue of planes, I was clear. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the past year, it’s not to do anything in advance and not to rule anything out,” said Defense Minister Ben Wallace, while setting limits. No, fighter jets are not a “magic wand” given the training time required.

kyiv is asking for American-made F-16s to reinforce its army. The United States has indicated that it is not currently considering supplying F-16s to Ukraine, but other countries such as Poland have been more open on the issue, Emmanuel Macron keeping him a convoluted posture on the subject.

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