EU member states on Friday approved another €500 million ($512 million) to support Ukraine’s army against the Russian attack.
The Council of the European Union adopted two decisions backing “the capabilities and resilience of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country, and protect the civilian population against the ongoing Russian military aggression,” the EU institution said in a statement.
“The EU remains focused and steadfast in its support for Ukraine in its fight for freedom and independence,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, welcoming the official adoption of his proposal.
“Ukraine needs more arms, we will provide them,” he added
The fifth €500 million worth tranche of military assistance brings the bloc’s total military support to €2.5 billion.
Of this amount, €490 million will be spent on lethal military equipment, while the rest will assure personal protective gear, first aid kits, and fuels.
The EU has slapped seven sets of sanctions against Russia since the beginning of the country’s war on Ukraine on Feb. 24.
The packages target, among others, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, prohibit gold, oil, and coal imports, and the export of luxury goods, as well as exclude Russian and Belarusian banks from using the SWIFT international payment system.
Over 5,100 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since the beginning of the war on Feb. 24, according to UN figures. Over 15 million people have also been forced to flee their homes, including more than 9.5 million that have fled to other countries.