In response to Ukraine’s urgent request for assistance, the Foreign Affairs Council established the EU Military Assistance Mission (EUMAM Ukraine) on October 17.
The Mission seeks to revitalize the Ukrainian Armed Forces by conducting extensive training. In order to meet Ukraine’s pressing short-term needs, the EU’s goal is to educate a first batch of 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers on EU land through both fundamental and specialized training as well as individual and collective training. Building on the current training support that Member States are already giving bilaterally to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, EUMAM Ukraine will improve the overall coordination and scale of training. A sixth round of assistance will add an additional €500 million to the funds already raised for Ukraine through the EPF, bringing the total to more than €3.1 billion. The new support package’s breadth of equipment is in line with the priorities currently stated by the Ukrainian government.