The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskythanked this Thursday the leaders of the European Union (EU) ammunition delivery plans, but warned of delays in transferring long-range missiles and fighter jets, a European official said.
On the first day of a two-day summit in Brusselsthe leaders of the block maintained a contact by videoconference with Zelensky, who spoke from a train that returned to the capital from the front line in the resistance to the Russian invasion.
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An EU official added that in the conversation – which was even cut off on one occasion – Zelensky He said delays in five critical areas could extend the war.
It is about, Zelensky said, the delays in the delivery of long-range missiles, modern fighter planes, the non-imposition of new sanctions on Russia, the lack of progress in Ukraine’s request to join the EU and in the program ukrainian peace
According to the source, Zelensky also narrated to his European counterparts the atmosphere of devastation that he witnessed in the Kherson region, in the east of the country and partially occupied by Russia.
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During the week, the permanent representatives of the 27 EU countries in Brussels approved a plan for about 2,000 million euros to provide the projectiles and ammunition orders from Ukraine.
The plan contemplates committing 1,000 million euros in shared funds so that countries of the bloc find projectiles in their strategic reserves that can be quickly sent to Ukraine.
A second phase includes a package for another 1,000 million euros in joint purchases of 155-mm projectiles, and the third phase of the plan seeks to expand the production capacity of European defense companies.
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The amount of ammunition and 155mm shells used by Ukraine far exceeds the production capacity of EU countrieswhich now finds its own strategic reserves at historically low levels.
Regarding Ukraine’s accession to the EU, the bloc granted the country the status of “candidate country” to joinbut the process is extraordinarily complex and generally takes several years, a delay that in some cases exceeded a decade of dialogue.
Until now, Slovakia announced its intention to hand over four Soviet-made MiG-29 aircraft to Ukraine.
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