Wed, 19 June 2024

A matter of size? Ukraine vs Russia

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In its seismic paradigm shift the EU last week earmarked €450 million ($503 million) for lethal arms, which includes air-defence systems, anti-tank weapons, ammunition, and other military equipment for Ukraine’s armed forces. A further €50 million will be spent on providing non-lethal supplies such as fuel, protective gear, helmets, and first-aid kits.

As EU treaties do not allow it to tap into its normal budget for military purposes, the bloc is activating a vehicle called the European Peace Facility, which allows it to provide military aid up to a ceiling of €5 billion. will shortly follow up with a breakdown of weapons now flooding in Ukrainian hands. There seems little doubt that odds are beginning to increase for the underdogs on the battle front.  



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