Western Aid to Ukraine Hits Its Minimum since January 2022

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In August-October 2023, the amount of new pledged aid for Ukraine from Western countries reached a historic low - it fell by almost 90 per cent compared to the same period in 2022. As “European Pravda” reports, this is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. It said the total value of new aid packages between August and October 2023 was €2.11bn, the lowest since January 2022. The most important group of active donors are Germany, Finland, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. The US remains the largest donor of military aid with a total of 44 billion euros. However, Germany is quickly catching up with military commitments totaling more than 17 billion euros. EU countries continue to catch up with the US in terms of pledged military aid and are already ahead of it. Of the total €25 billion pledged for heavy weapons (January 2022-October 2023), 43 per cent goes to the US and 47 per cent to all EU countries and institutions combined. The day before the bill to provide aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan did not pass a procedural vote in the US Senate. The bill had to receive at least 60 votes out of 100 to be brought to a vote. Only 49 senators voted in favor. Before that, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius once again rejected accusations of insufficient aid to Ukraine, which is fighting against the Russian Federation.