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Military aid and more: Prime Minister reveals decisions Ukraine awaits from EU

Military aid and more: Prime Minister reveals decisions Ukraine awaits from EU Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal (Photo: Vitalii Nosach-RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukraine expects that the EU will soon decide on providing long-term military assistance and confiscation of Russian assets, according to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal.

Military assistance

According to him, European leaders have confirmed the intention to continue providing military support to Ukraine.

"In particular, in March, we expect the establishment of a separate instrument for Ukraine within the European Peace Facility," the prime minister says.

This involves 20 billion euros specifically for military support over the next 4 years.

Confiscation of Russian assets

Separately, Shmyhal highlights the EU's position regarding the use and confiscation of frozen Russian assets.

"A year ago, we were told that this was impossible. That these assets are protected by 'sovereign immunity.' That these assets can be frozen but not confiscated. That Ukraine should not count on these funds," the prime minister says.

He notes that two years of work and constant advocacy by a large Ukrainian team have now led European leaders to confirm the plan to use the proceeds from frozen Russian assets.

The head of the government adds that Ukraine welcomes this and considers it only as the first intermediate step, not an alternative to confiscation.

EU summit decision on assistance to Ukraine

Yesterday, on February 1, at the European Union leaders' summit, a unanimous decision was made to allocate 50 billion euros for Ukraine under the Ukraine Facility program.

In particular, the conditions under which assistance to our country was unlocked have become known.

Read more about the EU summit decision on 50 billion euros for Ukraine in the material by RBC-Ukraine.