“Russia is trying to destroy Ukraine and the Ukrainian nation. The Ministers were unanimously agreeing on the need to continue to stand firmly with Ukraine and to lend Ukraine all our support”
EU foreign affairs ministers have agreed to give another €500 million to Ukraine, providing Kyiv with more firepower to stop the Russian offensive.
“Russia is trying to destroy Ukraine and the Ukrainian nation. We will continue to stand firmly with Ukraine, providing more arms and a next tranche of the European Peace Facility of €500 million,” said Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.
Brussels has already decided to support Ukraine with €9 billion, with the first billion likely to be handed over this month, though an agreement is yet to be reached for disbursement of the remaining money, Euronews reports.
EU foreign affairs ministers also discussed a proposal to ban gold imports from Russia as part of a new round of sanctions which aims to fine-tune the six packages of measures approved previously.