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EU sets up a military assistance mission to further support the Ukrainian Armed Forces

Source: Council of the European Union

Council of the European Union agreed to set up a Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine). The aim of the mission is to contribute to enhancing the military capability of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to effectively conduct military operations, in order to allow Ukraine to defend its territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, effectively exercise its sovereignty and protect civilians.

In response to Ukraine’s request for military support, EUMAM Ukraine will provide individual, collective and specialised training to Ukraine’s Armed Forces, including to their Territorial Defence Forces, and coordination and synchronisation of member states’ activities supporting the delivery of training.

“Today we step up our support to Ukraine to defend itself from Russia’s illegal aggression. The EU Military Assistance Mission will train the Ukrainian Armed Forces so they can continue their courageous fight. EUMAM is not just a training mission, it is clear proof that the EU will stand by Ukraine for as long as is needed.” said Josep Borell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

EUMAM Ukraine will operate in the territory of the EU member states and will have its Operational Headquarters within the EEAS in Brussels in order to ensure overall coordination at the strategic level. Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, the Director of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) within the EEAS, will be the Mission Commander.

The mandate of the non-executive mission will initially last two years, and the financial reference amount for the common costs for this period will be EUR 106 700 000.

The mission will ensure coordination with member states’ bilateral activities in support of Ukraine, as well as with other like-minded international partners, and will be open to participation of third states.

Background

In its conclusions of 23-24 June 2022 the European Council stated that the EU remained strongly committed to providing further military support to help Ukraine exercise its inherent right of self-defence against the Russian aggression and defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty. To that end, the European Council called on the Council to swiftly work on a further increase of military support.

In a letter to the High Representative, on 30 September 2022, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defence of Ukraine jointly requested military support, and confirmed that Ukraine’s needs in that regard include individual and collective (up to brigade level), as well as specialised military training.

 

Read more about European Union’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – visit website of Council of the European Union.

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