The European Union (EU) allocated €25.5 million to Ukraine to maintain the energy system and provided energy equipment. This was announced on Tuesday, November 1, in a statement by the European Commission (EC).
“The EU and its member states have supplied millions of euros worth of energy equipment to Ukraine, but the level of support must be urgently increased. In addition to the equipment, the EU allocated €25.5 million to cover emergency needs [энергосистемы]”, the document says.
It is noted that a targeted campaign to mobilize further support from the private sector will be launched in the coming days jointly by the European Commission and the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. The parties discussed further steps to ensure the energy security of Ukraine and strengthen energy sanctions against the Russian Federation. Zelensky also said that as a result of Russian strikes on Ukrainian facilities, 30-40% of the country’s energy infrastructure has already been damaged.
A day earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said that the Russian military had carried out new strikes on military and energy facilities in Ukraine. According to him, all goals were achieved, high-precision long-range air and sea-based weapons were used during the strikes.
On October 31, it was reported that the European Union had allocated €3.1 billion from the European Peace Fund since the beginning of the special operation to protect Donbass to supply weapons to Ukraine.
Before that, on October 25, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU is ready to finance Ukraine at the level of €1.5 billion per month. She stressed that Kyiv received over €19 billion in aid from the EU in 2022, not counting military supplies.
In turn, the French politician, MEP Florian Filippo said that von der Leyen went crazy offering billions of dollars in subsidies to Ukraine. He stressed that while Ukraine receives huge amounts of money, Europe is forced to live in conditions of deficit and unemployment.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.