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EU military aid to Ukraine

By Duncan Mil

January 29, 2024 - European leaders have agreed on a €50 billion aid pack­age for Ukraine after Hun­gary’s prime min­is­ter caved in to pres­sure from his fel­low lead­ers and res­cin­ded his veto.

The com­prom­ise at an emer­gency sum­mit fol­lowed a cam­paign of pres­sure on Viktor Orbán, the bloc’s only leader critical of the EU’s financial and military support for Ukraine.

Orban has maintained close ties with Rus­sia’s Vladi­mir Putin since the full-scale inva­sion of Ukraine almost two years ago.

“It is a clear signal to Moscow that Europe will stand firm and cannot be broken by any destructive waves devised by the Kremlin,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Thursday.

The aid is crit­ical to Ukraine as the Biden admin­is­tra­tion has failed to win Con­gres­sional back­ing for its own $60bn sup­port pack­age.

Ursula von der Leyen, pres­id­ent of the European Com­mis­sion, said that she hoped the EU’s move would inspire the U.S. to fol­low suit. “It will be an encour­age­ment to the United States to do their fair share.”

PUBLISHED: 02/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images