EU to share satellite intelligence with Ukraine – media — Analysis

Bloomberg sources report that a yearlong deal with Kiev was approved by the bloc.

Bloomberg reports that the EU and Ukraine have approved an agreement under which they can provide classified information directly to Kiev. Bloomberg also reported this Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. According to it, satellite images will be shared.

According to news agencies, the agreement will be in effect for one year. It could also be extended as needed. The report states that ambassadors to EU received the information during Tuesday’s meeting.

It is not clear if the deal would only cover EU members’ own intelligence or allow them to relay information received from third parties like the US.

EU support Ukraine against Russia. While the West has imposed severe economic sanctions on Russia but not used military force to defend Ukraine, it is one of many Western countries that have refused to impose such harsh measures. Volodymyr Zelensky tried daily to shame NATO for refusing to take down Russian warplanes over Ukraine. US-led allies have stated they don’t wish to risk turning the conflict into world war.

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Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. French- and German-brokered protocols were designed to normalize those areas within Ukraine’s state.

Russia demanded Ukraine be declared neutral by the United States and refuse to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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