The EU is sending weapons to Ukraine so that the conflict with Russia does not end in Kyiv’s defeat, EU foreign affairs official Josep Borrell said. “We want the conflict to end as soon as possible, but not at all costs,” Borrell said at the European Parliament on April 6.
This week, Mr. Borrell and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will travel to Kyiv (Ukraine). In March, the EU announced that it had doubled its military aid to Ukraine to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion).
The Soviet-designed T-72 tank was transferred to Ukraine by the Czech Republic
According to Mr. Borrell, 1 billion euros sounds like a lot, but the irony is that “1 billion euros is what we pay Putin every day to give us energy. Since the beginning of the conflict, we have given Putin 35 billion euros.”
Calls to send more weapons to Kyiv have increased after Ukraine accused Russia of war crimes in the town of Bucha, near Kyiv. Russia has denied that its troops killed civilians in Bucha and elsewhere, and insisted Kyiv was carrying out a disinformation campaign to mislead the public.