Ukraine war: joining the EU will be expensive – Zelensky in the White House

Ukraine war: joining the EU will be expensive – Zelensky in the White House

Ukraine depends on military aid. Zelenskyj travels to South America for this purpose. Russia is trying to capture Kupyansk in eastern Ukraine. And Estonia warns against Russian disinformation. Read what happened that night here.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday. Biden invited the Ukrainian to Washington “to underscore the United States’ unwavering commitment to supporting the Ukrainian people in their defense against the brutal Russian invasion,” the White House said on Sunday. Selenskyj’s office said he was traveling to the USA this Monday. In addition to the meeting with Biden, there will also be a number of other discussions. According to US media reports, Zelensky will also meet with US senators and the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Republican Mike Johnson.

Zelensky had previously traveled to Argentina in search of allies and support for the defensive struggle. During his working visit to Buenos Aires for the inauguration of the new Argentine head of state Javier Milei, Zelensky met on Sunday with several South American heads of state and explored the possibilities for a Ukraine-Latin America summit.

The White House said Biden and Zelensky would meet to discuss Ukraine’s urgent battlefield needs and also discuss continued U.S. aid. The release of new funds is currently blocked by a dispute in the US Parliament. More and more Republicans are expressing doubts about support for Ukraine or rejecting it completely. According to the government in Washington, the funds for Ukraine previously approved by Parliament will be completely used up by the end of the year.

A recently passed interim budget once again contains no new funds for Ukraine, although Biden had already requested large sums of billions for Kiev from Congress in October. Biden and his team have been calling on Congress to act with increasing vehemence for weeks. But there is no movement there so far.

Zelensky met South American presidents

Zelensky met in Buenos Aires with the presidents of Paraguay, Ecuador and Uruguay, among others, to discuss the chances of a summit with representatives of Latin America. The Ukrainian president is trying to secure support for his country from countries in the so-called Global South. Many of them find it difficult to support the hard line taken by Western industrial nations towards Russia.

Kiev: Situation on Ukrainian fronts remains difficult

From the perspective of the generals in Kiev, the situation on the various front lines in Ukraine remains difficult. Especially in the east of the country, Ukrainian troops are continually registering new attacks by Russian units, said Olexander Syrskyj, commander of the army, on Sunday. Bad weather with temperatures below freezing caused a slight decrease in Russian attacks in some places, but their direction remained unchanged. “The enemy is not giving up its plans to recapture Kupyansk,” military spokesman Volodymyr Fityo said on television.

Ukraine has been fending off a Russian invasion with Western help for over 21 months. Kupyansk in the Kharkiv region was liberated from Russian occupation by Ukrainian troops at the beginning of September last year. Recently, however, the Russian army was able to gain territory there again.

Late on Sunday evening, the Russian military launched another wave of so-called kamikaze drones towards Ukraine. Air alerts were sounded in the south and central Ukraine. There were reports of explosions in the region around the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa, as anti-aircraft defenses were presumably in action there.

Baerbock: Support for Ukraine in our security interests

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock emphasized the importance of aid for Ukraine before discussions with her EU department colleagues in Brussels. There is more and more talk of “fatigue” in Europe these days. And some asked whether support for Ukraine wasn’t enough, the Green politician wrote in a guest article for the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (online Sunday, print Monday). But she emphasized: “We support Ukraine not just out of loyalty to a friend. We support it so that it can free its people from hell. And because it is in our own security interests.”

Estonia’s Prime Minister warns against Russian disinformation

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has warned of targeted disinformation by Russia in the Ukraine war. “Russia’s campaign aims to discourage democratic decision-makers and societies from supporting Ukraine, provoke domestic political divisions and influence democratic votes – including the decisions we make at our polling stations,” Kallas wrote in a guest article for the editorial network Germany ( RND/Monday). “The Kremlin’s disinformation campaign reaches an enormous audience through social media – it’s literally in our pockets, phones and apps.”

Study: A lot of money from the EU budget for Ukraine if possible accession

According to a study, if Ukraine were to join the EU, up to 17 percent of the alliance’s common budget would flow into the country. Experts from the German Economic Institute (IW) estimate the financial impact of Ukraine’s full membership in the EU on the EU’s current multi-year budget at around 130 to 190 billion euros, according to a report published on Monday. The EU’s multi-year common budget amounts to around 1.1 trillion euros from 2021 to 2027.

What will be important on Monday

The EU foreign ministers will meet this Monday in Brussels for their last regular meeting this year. The agenda includes discussions on the Middle East conflict and further support for Ukraine. One of the current issues is how further military aid should be financed.

Source: Stern

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