EU reveals major weapons update for Ukraine — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

For the first time, the EU has declared its readiness to pay for the arms to be sent to Ukraine

The European Union will for the first time finance the purchase and delivery of arms to Ukraine, announced the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

“We are strengthening our support for Ukraine”, von der Leyen said on Sunday, announcing a series of new measures against Moscow regarding its ongoing military offensive in Ukraine.

“For the first time, the EU will finance the purchase and delivery of arms and equipment to a country under attack”, she says.

Ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Sunday, foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that “another taboo has fallen, the taboo that the European Union would not supply arms in a war.”

An EU source told Reuters the bloc planned to spend $507m (€450m) on arms for Ukraine, along with another $56m (€50m) on “items such as medical supplies.”

Borrell said the decision to arm Kyiv was necessary because “We live in unprecedented times” and “this war requires our commitment to support the Ukrainian army.”

The EU is also imposing sanctions on Belarus, banning imports of a range of products including mineral fuels, tobacco, timber, timber, cement, iron and steel, with von der Leyen denouncing the President Alexander Lukashenko as “the other aggressor in this war.”

Sweden also announced on Sunday that it would violate its usual policy of not arming countries in active conflict, by volunteering to send military equipment to Ukraine. In addition to 5,000 single-use anti-tank launchers, Stockholm will send 5,000 helmets, 5,000 pieces of body armor and 135,000 field rations to the Ukrainian army, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has revealed.

The EU also announced that it would close its airspace to all Russian airlines and Russian-owned, controlled or registered aircraft, adding that it would also block Russian state media. “We are developing tools to ban their toxic and harmful misinformation in Europe,” said von der Leyen.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military attack on Ukraine on February 24, saying it was the only way to protect the newly recognized Donbas republics and ensure that Russia was not threatened by NATO from the Ukrainian territory.

Von der Leyen described the bloc’s decision to deliver weapons to Kiev as a “decisive moment” and declared that the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “an inspiration to us all.” She promised to welcome “With open arms the Ukrainians who must flee Putin’s bombs.”

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