The Council of the EU also decided to provide an additional 500 million euros to supply arms to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Council of the European Union has decided to create the EU Military Assistance Mission to Ukraine under the name EUMAM Ukraine.
This is stated in a statement on the website of the Council of the EU, writing “European Pravda”.
“The mission aims to help increase the ability of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to effectively conduct military operations to enable Ukraine to protect its territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders, effectively exercise its sovereignty and protect the civilian population, the statement said.
In response to Ukraine’s request for military support, the mission will provide individual, collective and specialized training to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including the Territorial Defense Forces, as well as the coordination and synchronization of the activities of the Member States which facilitate training.
The EUMAM Ukraine Mission will operate on the territory of the EU Member States and will have an operational headquarters in Brussels to ensure overall coordination at the strategic level. The mission commander will be Vice-Admiral Hervé Blejean, Director of the Military Planning and Operations Force.
The mandate of the mission will initially last two years, with a financial benchmark for a total cost of almost 107 million euros for this period.
The mission will coordinate with Member States’ bilateral activities in favor of Ukraine, as well as with other international partners, and will be open to the participation of third States.
The Council of the EU also decided to allocate an additional €500 million under the European Peace Fund to further support the capabilities and resilience of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The sixth installment will bring the total EU contribution under the fund for Ukraine to €3.1 billion.
The volume of equipment that will be provided under the new support program is in line with the current priorities set by the Ukrainian government: 490 million euros are allocated to military equipment and 10 million euros to the supply of equipment and supplies, such as protective gear, first aid kits and fuel.
In addition, the funds will also allow the maintenance and repair of military equipment already transferred to Ukraine by EU member states.