Really bad news for Zelensky

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.07 - 2023 12:46 PM CET

Western aid to Ukraine hits record low

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A recent study by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy has revealed a significant decline in Western aid to Ukraine.

According to the study, new pledged aid from August to October 2023 was at its lowest since January 2022, having decreased by almost 90% compared to the same period in the previous year.

The total value of new aid packages during this period amounted to only EUR 2.11 billion. Active donors during this time included Germany, Finland, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, along with Canada and the United Kingdom.

Despite this decrease, the United States remains the largest donor of military aid to Ukraine, contributing a total of €44 billion. However, Germany is rapidly increasing its military commitments, with total contributions now exceeding 17 billion euros.

The study also highlights that EU countries are catching up to the United States in terms of promised military assistance and have surpassed them in this metric.

Of the total €25 billion pledged for heavy weapons from January 2022 to October 2023, 43% is attributed to the United States, while 47% comes from EU countries and institutions combined.

This decrease in aid comes amid ongoing legislative challenges in the United States. Recently, a bill proposing assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan failed to pass a procedural vote in the US Senate, falling short of the required 60 votes, with only 49 senators voting in favor.

This development raises concerns about the ongoing support for Ukraine amidst its conflict with the Russian Federation.