European Union leaders on Thursday backed a plan to send Ukraine 1 million artillery shells over the next 12 months. to help the country deal with Russian forces.
EU foreign and defense ministers approved the plan for a quick purchase procedure earlier this week, and the leaders of the bloc’s 27 member countries gave the go-ahead for the shipment at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, assures that the decision is an additional, very concrete step towards a genuine European defense. For her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also announced that she would collaborate in organizing a conference on the return of Ukrainian children taken to Russia: “There is a topic that is especially important to me. It is the case of the kidnapped Ukrainian children. It is a horrible reminder of the darkest times in our history, what is happening there with the deportation of children. It is a war crime.”
On the 22nd, the NGO Save Ukraine, which fights against the illegal deportations of Ukrainian children to territory controlled by Russia, returned several children from the town of Kharkiv to their homes, who had been separated from their parents by the Russian army before Ukrainian forces recaptured the town. The European Commission (EC) and Poland will organize a conference with the purpose of helping to locate the 16,200 Ukrainian children deported by Russia to their territory during that country’s war of aggression against its neighbor.
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