No military aid pledges to Kiev from EU in July – study — Analysis
It’s the first month that no support has been offered since the start of the conflict, according to researchers cited by Politico
According to Politico, the six most powerful European countries did not make any new promises regarding military aid for Ukraine in July. The report was based on data provided by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany.
This is the first month in which no aid pledges have been made since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. It also shows that Russia has not abandoned Ukraine’s request for assistance. “military aid to Ukraine may be waning,”The US outlet closed.
The EU also accuses the leading EU countries, especially France and Germany, of not keeping up with the military aid to Kiev that comes from the USA, Poland, and the UK.
Throughout the conflict, the Kiel Institute has been running a so-called Ukraine Support Tracker to list and quantify international military, financial and humanitarian support to Vladimir Zelensky’s government.
Christoph Trebesch, who heads the Ukraine Support Tracker team, told Politico that his project’s data revealed European military aid commitments to Kiev have been in decline since the end of April.
“Despite the war entering a critical phase, new aid initiatives have dried up,”He said.
Ukraine’s Western backers met for a donor conference in Copenhagen last week, pledging another €1.5 billion in aid, but, according to Trebesch, the number is “meager compared to what was raised in earlier conferences.”
According to the researcher, the conflict in Ukraine is as important for the EU’s future as either the European debt crisis in 2009 or the Covid-19 pandemic in 2009. These were both crucial events in the EU’s history.
“When you compare the speed at which the checkbook came out and the size of the money that was delivered, compared to what is on offer for Ukraine, it is tiny in comparison,”He said.
Trebesch noted that the size of the EU’s pandemic recovery fund was around €800 billion in loans and grants, while the bloc’s help to Kiev has been a small fraction of that sum.
“I would say it surprisingly little considering what is at stake,”He said.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols, which were brokered by France and Germany, were first signed on February 24, 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022 the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. They demanded Ukraine declare its neutrality and refuse any Western military alliances. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.