The European Union (EU) has already given 22 billion to Ukraine in 2022, according to a statement by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell on Thursday in Münster on the sidelines of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the G7 countries. 3 billion euros is for military aid and 19 billion euros for humanitarian, financial and economic aid. The 22 billion does not include direct arms deliveries from EU Member States.
“The EU has already provided 22 billion euros to support Ukraine. 22 billion euros! And I’m not counting bilateral military aid from member states. I’m just counting the billions of euros that will be made available through the European Peace Facility [for arms supplies] and 19 billion euros for financial and economic support to Ukraine to provide humanitarian aid to Ukrainians to get them through the winter,” Borell said.
At the same time, he stressed that aid to Ukraine must be further increased because “winter is coming,” and Russia is “waiting for ‘general winter’ to come and support the Russian army.”
“That is why we must support the Ukrainians now more than ever,” Borell said.
On October 25, The EU Commission announced that it was preparing another aid package worth 18 billion euros for Kyiv for 2023. Per month, the EU would give 1.5 billion euros to Kyiv. This amount does not include humanitarian aid, reconstruction aid, arms deliveries and training for the Ukrainian military.
According to Transparency International, Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, ranking at 122nd out of 180 countries. Corruption in Ukraine has increased significantly since the Maidan revolution in 2014, going from a corruption perception index (CPI) of 25 in 2013, to 24 in 2014 and since then, on a steady upward trajectory, attaining a CPI score of 32 in 2021.