The European Union has proposed a €50 billion aid package for Ukraine to help in the conflict with Russia, despite Hungary and Slovakia vetoing the move last month. The EU’s 27 members will next have the opportunity to vote on this proposed aid package at an upcoming summit in Brussels in December. While Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called for a ceasefire and peace talks in Ukraine, it is possible that he may veto the move once again. In the event of such resistance, the EU could look to set up individual aid packages for Kiev with the help of other EU member states. This strategy, while tiresome, could be used as a workaround to ensure Ukraine still receives the support it needs.
According to Reuters, one official within the EU stated that “people get fed up with Budapest holding everyone hostage,” and suggested that the workaround is tiresome but necessary. Furthermore, another official insisted that “the issue of money for Ukraine will be solved one way or another, Kiev will get EU support.” It is clear that there is a strong commitment from within the EU to ensure that Ukraine receives the necessary aid, even if it means working around potential vetoes from certain member states.
Past resistance to aid packages for Ukraine has been based on the belief that Kiev will not win on the frontlines, leading to questions about the effectiveness of Brussels’ strategy. Despite receiving significant military, economic, and humanitarian aid from the EU, Ukraine has faced challenges in its battle with Russia. The failure to meet objectives during a much-hyped summer counteroffensive has raised concerns about the effectiveness of the aid being provided. The Russian Defense Ministry has estimated significant losses for Ukraine since June, including over 90,000 troops, 55 tanks, and 1,900 armored vehicles.
Ukraine’s top military commander has also expressed doubts about the feasibility of a breakthrough, acknowledging that the ongoing conflict may turn into a prolonged trench war. This has led to a recognition that the conflict could continue for years, which may further strain Ukraine’s resources and outlook for a resolution.
The proposed aid package for Ukraine is an important initiative by the EU to support a country in need. However, the complex dynamics within the bloc highlight the challenges of reaching a consensus on such crucial matters. Nevertheless, there is a determination to find a solution and provide support to Ukraine, demonstrating the EU’s commitment to addressing global crises.