EU leaders promise to intensify humanitarian aid to Ukraine
December 16, 2022

EU leaders promise to intensify humanitarian aid to Ukraine

To help Ukraine get through the winter, the EU will urgently intensify the provision of humanitarian aid and civil protection assistance and support the restoration of the country’s critical infrastructure. This is one of the conclusions reached by EU leaders at a one-day summit in Brussels on 15 December.

The EU leaders invited the European Investment Bank, in close cooperation with the European Commission and international financial institutions, to step up its support for Ukraine’s most urgent infrastructure needs.

They also invited the Commission to intensify coordination with European industry and international partners to provide a sustainable supply of priority equipment to Ukraine, including mobile heating stations, power generators, power transformers and high-voltage and lighting equipment.

The European Council reiterated its resolute condemnation of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Russia’s indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, and reaffirmed its full commitment to providing political assistance to Ukraine, maintaining its support for displaced persons and supporting Ukraine’s financial relief, resilience and long-term reconstruction.

“Russia’s ongoing campaign of systematic missile strikes against Ukrainian civilians, civilian targets, energy infrastructure and utilities, is a crime for which there can be no impunity. It must stop,” say the European Council conclusions.

EU leaders stressed the EU’s support for the investigations carried out by the International Criminal Court prosecutor. They also analysed how frozen assets could be used to support Ukraine’s reconstruction and invited the Commission, the EU High Representative Josep Borrell and the EU Council to continue work in this direction.

The European Council also welcomed the reinforcement of EU restrictive measures against Russia, including through the EU’s ninth package of sanctions and the international oil price cap, and reiterated its call for all countries to align with EU sanctions.

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