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MEPs call for massive increase in military assistance to Ukraine

06.10.2022 23:30
European lawmakers have urged EU member states and other countries supporting Ukraine to massively increase their military assistance to Kyiv. 
Members of the European Parliament during a voting session in Strasbourg, France on October 5, 2022.
Members of the European Parliament during a voting session in Strasbourg, France on October 5, 2022.Photo: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 504 votes for, 26 against, and 36 abstentions, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said that "hesitating" member states should "provide their fair share of necessary military assistance, which will help shorten the war."

MEPs also called on "all countries and international organisations to condemn unequivocally the sham referenda in Ukraine and Russia’s attempt to acquire territory by force."

They said that "the results of the sham referenda conducted at gunpoint" to annex the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia regions are “null and void” and called on member states to adopt additional severe sanctions.

EU lawmakers warned that "recent Russian threats to use nuclear weapons are irresponsible and dangerous."

They called on member states and international partners to "prepare a quick and decisive response should Russia conduct a nuclear strike on Ukraine."

"Any attempt by Russia to present attacks on occupied territories as an attack on Russia itself, and thus as grounds for a nuclear attack, is illegal and baseless and will not deter the European Union from further assistance to Ukraine’s self-defence," the EU legislature said on its website.

In their resolution, MEPs called for the establishment of "an ad hoc international tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine," where "Putin and all those Russian civilian and military officials and their proxies responsible for masterminding, launching and conducting the war in Ukraine would be prosecuted," according to the europarl.europa.eu website.


Source: PAPeuroparl.europa.eu