The EU Council adopted further military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, namely the seventh package worth €500 million, and a new €45 million assistance measure supporting the training efforts of the European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine), according to a press release published by the EU Council, as reported by Depo.ua.
Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy emphasized that Ukraine should get all the necessary military equipment and training it needs to defend its territory and its people.
“They (Ukrainians – ED) are not just defending their country; they are also defending our common values and the basic principles of international law. Today’s new measures send a clear message at a crucial time: we will continue supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes and as long as it is needed,” he said.
The seventh package brings the total EU contribution under the EPF for Ukraine to €3.6 billion. Previous assistance measures under the EPF for Ukraine were agreed on 28 February, 23 March, 13 April, 23 May, 21 July and 17 October 2022.
Borrel shared that the additional €45 million assistance measure supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine trained under EUMAM Ukraine is to provide necessary non-lethal equipment and supplies as well as services to back the training activities.
On 17 October 2022, the EU Council adopted a decision establishing EUMAM Ukraine with an initial duration of two years. The mission is intended to provide individual, collective and specialised training to Ukraine’s Armed Forces, as well as coordination and synchronisation of member states’ activities delivering the training.