The EU Council approved the transfer of 1 billion euros from the European Peace Fund (EPF) to provide Ukraine with ammunition until May 31. This is stated in the statement of the Council.
The statement says that this The measure will allow the EU to reimburse Member States for the cost of ammunition transferred to Ukraine from existing stocks or by reprioritizing existing orders between 9 February and 31 May 2023.
“With today's decision, we are putting into effect the first part of a historic agreement reached by EU leaders to support the immediate delivery of €1 billion worth of artillery ammunition to the Ukrainian armed forces. There is no better demonstration of the EU’s determination and united aspirations to continue to support Ukraine’s legitimate right to self-defense against the brutal Russian aggressor,” Josep Borrell said.
Together with the previous seven tranches of support, the adopted measure brings the total EU contribution for Ukraine under the EPF to 4.6 billion euros, according to the website of the Council.
In April, it was reported that the United States would send another package of military assistance to Ukraine, including ammunition for the HIMARS MLRS, missiles for the Patriot and NASAMS air defense systems, small arms and heavy equipment worth $500 million, and anti-missile systems. The cost of the supplied equipment and weapons will be about $2.6 billion.