Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that Kiev is doing “everything possible” to save its forces in Avdiivka

Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that Kiev is doing “everything possible” to save its forces in Avdiivka

The European Union will have to double its support for Kiev if the US Congress insists on blocking aid planned by the White House, according to the Kiel Institute.

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy warned on Friday that the European Union will have to double its military aid to Ukraine to compensate for the failure of the United States, which has been frozen for months in Congress. German Research Institute.

“It is highly uncertain whether the United States will send additional military assistance in 2024.”The institute, which lists the military, financial and humanitarian aid promised and delivered to Ukraine since the Russian invasion, estimated on February 24, 2022. According to its data, as of January 15, the United States had sent military aid worth 42.2 billion euros. Aid to Ukraine between February 2022 and December 2023, or about 2 billion per month.

The UE a, amount to elle, promised 49.7 milliards of euros for the military to start the guerre, but also 35.2 milliards of euros on it for the day to allocate to his arms and equipment. specific.

“Europe will have to at least double its current military aid in the absence of additional aid from the United States.”warns Christoph Trebisch, who heads the Kiel Institute team responsible for monitoring aid to Ukraine.

“It is a challenge but ultimately a matter of political willMr. Trebisch adds. EU countries are among the world's richest countries and, so far, have not spent even 1% of their 2021 GDP to support Ukraine. »

In total, €265.1 billion has been pledged to Ukraine since February 2022, including €141.3 billion in financial aid, €107.5 billion in military aid, and €16.3 billion in humanitarian aid.

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The main donors are the European Union and its members ($144.1 billion), the United States ($67.7 billion), and the United Kingdom ($15.7 billion). But here again the gap becomes large between the promises and the amounts actually allocated, especially to the European Union, which has so far allocated only 77.2 billion euros in aid. This discrepancy is explained by the fact that funds released by the EU are generally released for several years.

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