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InternationalIndiaAfrica MOSCOW (Sputnik) -The European union has trained over 17,000 Ukrainian soldiers already and plans that this number will reach 30,000 by the end of the year, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday.”We have been training more than 17,000 Ukrainian soldiers and by the end of the year our training mission will be training about 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers,” Borrell said during the European Defence and Security Summit.
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On Financial Aid to Kiev
Commenting on Western support to Zelensky, Josep Borrell added that the total assistance to Ukraine from EU countries and organizations has amounted so far to 16 billion euros ($17.5 billion) and pledged to give more.”All together member states plus European Union institutions, we should be about 16 billion euros of support to Ukraine and it is not finished,” Borrell stated.
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Building Up European Defenses
Borrell added that EU needs to boost its defense capabilities, that’s why about 70 billion euros ($76.5 billion) will be invested in military-industrial complex over the next three years.”The member states’ plans means that they are going to spend in the next three years 70,000 million euros on increasing their defense capacities,” he concluded.