Last summer, the European Commission proposed a substantial multi-year aid package for Ukraine, amounting to 50 billion euros for the period 2024-2027.
The aid package was considered crucial for Ukraine's stability and reconstruction. However, the plan has hit a snag.
Hungary, an EU and NATO member, has been a stumbling block in the implementation of the aid package. Led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian government wants to halve the aid to Ukraine.
According to Bloomberg, this refusal could mean that the EU will not reach an agreement by the end of the year, putting the aid package at risk of indefinite postponement.
Russia's ongoing threat
The delay comes at a time when Russia is reportedly preparing a new wave of terror bombings against Ukraine's energy infrastructure this winter. As temperatures drop, Russia is expected to resume its massive bombing campaigns, targeting not just military but also civilian infrastructure.
Experts warn that Russia's bombings aim to make life as difficult as possible for the Ukrainian population.
Ukraine relies heavily on Western support to maintain and rebuild its energy system. Hungary's refusal could thus have significant consequences for Ukraine and its people.