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EU provides EUR 194m for training of Ukrainian troops

29.11.2023 08:30
The European Union has allocated a further EUR 194 million for the training of Ukrainian troops to help Kyiv repel Russia's invasion.
Photo:Staff Sgt. Adriana Diaz-Brown, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The European Council announced the additional funding on Tuesday afternoon.

The EU will finance "necessary lethal and non-lethal equipment and supplies, as well as services to back the training activities," bringing its spending on the training of Ukrainian soldiers to EUR 255 million, according to officials.  

So far, more than 34,000 Ukrainian troops have been trained by the European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine), since its launch in November last year, officials said.

US announces USD 25m for Ukraine's energy sector 

Meanwhile, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Energy Community Secretariat have signed an agreement for a US grant contribution of USD 25 million to the Ukraine Energy Support Fund, the war.ukraine.ua website reported.

Donated funds will be used to "purchase equipment needed for Ukrainian energy companies suffering from Russian missile and UAV attacks," according to the energy ministry in Kyiv.

The Energy Community is an international organisation that brings together the European Union and its neighbours, including Ukraine, to create "an integrated pan-European energy market."

Ukraine advances against Russia in Zaporizhzhia, attacks in Kherson: reports

Ukrainian troops on Tuesday continued their counteroffensive against Russia towards the port of Melitopol in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia region, making gains in this direction, the US-based Institute for the Study of War reported.

Ukrainian forces achieved success west of Robotyne over the past several days, according to military officials in Kyiv.

Ukrainian troops on Tuesday also maintained positions and attacked in the east (left) bank of the southern Kherson province, the ISW said.

Meanwhile, Russian forces on Tuesday continued offensive operations in eastern and southeastern Ukraine, and advanced near Kupyansk and Avdiivka, the US think tank reported.

As part of its latest counteroffensive against Russia, Ukraine is pushing through the Zaporizhzhia region in the southeast, in a bid to reach the port of Melitopol on the Sea of Azov, as well as aiming to retake the city of Bakhmut in the east, according to news reports.

Wednesday is day 644 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.


Source: European Council, war.ukraine.uaISW