Von der Leyen: from Europe 18 billion in aid to Ukraine in 2023
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Von der Leyen: from Europe 18 billion in aid to Ukraine in 2023

The EU reiterates its full support for Kyiv’s territorial independence and the right to liberate and regain full control of all occupied territories

The European Union plans to provide financial aid of 1.5 billion euros per month to Ukraine in 2023. This was indicated by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. In total, it will be € 18 billion for next year. At this point it will be up to the finance ministers “to define the appropriate mechanism”, said von der Leyen. It will be a question of issuing new EU bonds because the specific fund for peace (about 7 billion euros) is running out.

EU: Ukraine has the right to take back the occupied areas

The discussion of the European Council on the war in Ukraine ended during the second day that brings together the heads of state and government of the 27 countries and the president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

The Council “reaffirms its full support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, as “Ukraine exercises its intrinsic right to self-defense against Russian aggression. It has the right to liberate and regain full control of all occupied territories within its internationally recognized borders “, is what is stated in the conclusions on Ukraine of the European Council.

“The war crimes committed against Ukrainians, of which there is growing evidence, and the continuing destruction of civilian infrastructure are a serious violation of international law,” read the conclusions of the European Council.

The European Council recognizes Ukraine’s efforts to ensure justice, including for the crime of aggression and “calls for the exploration of options for ensuring full justice”, the text continues.