The European Union (EU) declares itself in a “war economy” to support Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion and the cessation of financial and military aid from the United States. It occurs before the offer of President Vladimir Putin to kyiv, to negotiate an end to the conflict. The Russian leader expanded in an interview with American journalist Tucker Carlson, whose images and sound circulate via X, translated into several languages on social networks.
Brussels claims it has already funded Ukraine’s war effort with €28 billion. Others 50 billion euros have been authorized for the next 4 years. Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the internal market, added that howitzer production would today be higher than that of Russia, a “war between defense industries.” The EU has manufactured 1 million howitzers in 2023-24, announcing that it will double this by 2025.
This growth would be the future work of “common security infrastructures”, an objective agreed upon by the 27 member states of the EU, which would require 100 billion euros to “increase our industrial base.” It would allow the construction of airplanes, aircraft carriers, submarines and tanksfinance “space surveillance, cybersecurity centers” and “air defense systems,” said Thierry Breton. But these promises do not immediately resolve the logistical hardships suffered by Ukraine, forcing it to gradually give up the territories reconquered in 2022 and 2023.
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At the same time, Denmark has just joined the hypothesis that within 3 to 5 years, Vladimir Putin would order an attack on NATO, an estimate similar to that of Germany, Sweden and Poland. Opinion polls in Europe show support from 72% of the population to financially support Ukraine in repelling the Russian invasion, and 84% are in favor of welcoming the 6 million refugees who left Ukraine due to Moscow’s aggression.
In this context, recent statements by Donald Trump, which affect global security, are disturbing. He has suggested that if he is elected President of the United States again in the November 5 elections, he would let Russia attack NATO countries that have not contributed adequately to their budget. He adds the revelation that the Starlink satellite communication service, belonging to American millionaire Elon Musk, is being used by Moscow in Ukraine.
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Vladimir Putin’s offer was ignored by the Ukrainian government for the moment. President Volodymyr Zelensky appointed General Oleksandr Syrsky, until now Chief of the Army, the new Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He replaces General Valeri Zaloujny, who was awarded the title of “Hero of Ukraine”, the country’s highest distinction, who has received the proposal to join the particular team that advises the President, Volodymyr Zelensky.
The new commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrsky, has been tasked with “clearly and detailed planning of actions” for 2024, promising to “continuously improve the means and methods of warfare that would allow us to achieve victory.” He will also preserve “the life and health of soldiers, the main value of the Army”, maintaining the balance between combat missions and the intensification of education and training of the military.”