Mon Dec 4th, 2023 at 12:56:03 PM EST
Recovered 50% of the original territory occupied by Russia ...
Second part: On Ukraine: Washington, Allies Waving the White Flag … soon.
NATO must be ’prepared for bad news' in Ukraine, says Stoltenberg | The Independent |
The more Western allies will support Ukraine, the faster the war will end, the Nato chief said
Ukraine's Western allies must keep up their support for the country through a difficult winter to come in its war with Russia, Nato's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has said.
Mr Stoltenberg admitted Ukraine's long-awaited counteroffensive this summer had failed to make significant territorial gains, but described Russia's failure to capture any more major cities as a "strategic defeat" for Vladimir Putin's invading forces.
"Wars develop in phases. We have to support Ukraine in both good and bad times. We should also be prepared for bad news," the Nato chief said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD.
Mr Stoltenberg said Ukraine was fighting a war unlike any in history, and hailed the country's efforts on the battlefield that have frustrated Russia's advance. "These are big victories even though they have not been able to move the frontline," he said.
The Nato chief warned that a victory for Putin would not only be a tragedy for Ukraine but also present a danger for the alliance. "The more we support Ukraine, the faster the war will end," he said.
Slava Ucraini ⁉️... #WeAreNato #WeAreUnited
Choice to go to war with the Russians at the behest of NATO and Joe Biden ...
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy greeted the European Parliament with a traditional Ukrainian saying: "Slava Ukraini!" (Glory to Ukraine!), and received the traditional choral response:
"Heroyam Slava!" (Glory to the heroes!)
Ukraine's success lies in the British fighting spirit | 23 March 2022 |
Since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, Western countries have provided military support to Ukraine, such as through the UK's Operation Orbital. Technical military assistance focuses on the physical and conceptual components, by training soldiers in weapons systems, or teaching a brigade how to plan and execute the defence of a city.
In UK military doctrine, fighting power is made up of three components: the physical, the conceptual and the moral.
'Success is not final, and failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts'. In the first month of this war, the Ukrainian will to fight has lived up to the sentiment in these words attributed to Winston Churchill. It has been decisive, with leadership and morale being the central performance differentiator between the two sides. It has echoed beyond the borders of Ukraine, giving European leaders an example to follow and a reason to stiffen their resolve.
Mariupol Reborn: mayor says rebuilding of Mariupol will take 20 years | Ukrainska Pravda - 6 Nov. 2023 |
"The Mariupol Reborn plan consists of two parts.
The Rapid Action Plan provides for 2 years and 154 projects. If we are talking about the complete revival of the city to the size of the population that was there before the war, it will take 20 years.
We have now turned to European partners who will help us determine clear terms and cost."
Press remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell after meeting with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba | EEAS - 29 Nov. 2023 |
Happy to welcome you again.
Happy to welcome my friend Dmytro [Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine], here at the European External Action Service. [To be clear ... the Ukraine is part of Europe's Garden lies on the frontier with Russia, the Barbarians of the Jungle]
Dmytro Kuleba is regularly coming to the Foreign Affairs Council - you will come also to the next one in December - but it was important also to meet bilaterally today in person.
Today, I expressed to Dmytro Kuleba our strong commitment to continue supporting Ukraine and to help Ukraine push back the aggressor.
Just now, the Member States agreed on increasing additional support funding for the training mission for Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine), which is one of the most successful missions that we have undertaken. It is about 200 million more, in line with the increasing scope and complexity of the training activities of this mission, that has already trained 34,000 soldiers until now. This is the biggest training provider for Ukraine.
If I may summarise, it is about 27 billion of combined - the European Union and Member States - military assistance to Ukraine. This is an important contribution to Ukraine's defence capacities.
But I know that we have to do more and faster. I am always saying [that] when I talk about Ukraine: "more" and "faster" are the key words I am always using.
Because for sure, Putin will use the winter to continue unleashing terror on civilians in Ukraine and attacking its energy infrastructure.
[Never miss an opportunity to frame our battle in historic context ... one hundred, five hundred or a thousand years ago ... 😡 does Josep believe all this $hit he is continually propagating ⁉️]
Also, two days ago, it was the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, commemorating the Soviet Russian infliction of a man-made famine on Ukraine, that killed 1 million people.
Today, Russia continues using hunger, winter and energy to attack the Ukrainian people.
Kyiv Stands on the Brink of Losing 50bn EU Aid Amid Budget Dispute | Source FT - 4 Dec. 2023 |
The capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv, finds itself in a precarious financial situation, as it stands on the precipice of potentially losing a staggering 50 billion euros in aid from the European Union (EU). This development, as reported by the Financial Times, threatens not only the economic stability of the nation but also its ongoing struggle amid regional conflicts.
The Potential Impact of Ukrainian Accession on the EU's Budget
If hypothetically Ukraine was already today a full member state of the EU, it could be benefitting from around 18-19 billion of receipts from the EU budget, net of contributions - i.e., roughly within the range of Poland and Romania scaled to fit Ukraine. This would mean an increase in GNI-based contributions by all member states of around 10%.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula Von Der Leyen, in her State of the Union speech on 13 September 2023, addressed this issue explicitly, saying: "We need to discuss the future of our budget - in terms of what it finances, how it finances it, and how it is financed" - to which this paper makes a contribution.
EU budget is now a matter of high political importance, given that the EU is due to decide before the end of 2023 whether to open accession negotiations and the wild hearsay now circulating in EU milieux. For example, there is the view (for which, however, one can find no serious source) that this would push all the newly acceding (since 2004) member states into net payer positions - whereas today, they are all big net beneficiaries.
Germany provides military support for Ukraine | 1 Dec. 2023 |
Military funds and weapons support for Ukraine takes priority over COP28
2021 60 Billion Budget for Climate and Transformation Fund Declared Unconstitutional by German Constitutional Court | November 2023 |