EU leaders welcome agreement to provide a million artillery shells to Ukraine

Meeting on March 23, the European Council welcomed the agreement in the Council to provide Ukraine with a million rounds of artillery ammunition within a year, a statement said.

EU leaders called for an immediate, complete and unconditional stop to Russia’s aggression, full respect for international humanitarian law, including the treatment of prisoners of war, and the safe return of Ukrainians deported to Russia, in particular children, the statement said.

The EU leaders “took note” of the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court against Russia’s President and his Commissioner for Children’s Rights for war crimes.

They also welcomed the agreement to create the new international centre in The Hague for the prosecution of the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

The European Council reiterated its resolute condemnation of Russia’s actions and unwavering support for Ukraine and its people, the statement said.

It said that the EU remains committed to maintaining and increasing collective pressure on Russia through “possible further restrictive measures” and work on the oil price cap with partners.

The statement said that EU leaders underlined the importance of ensuring the effective implementation of restrictive measures and preventing and countering their circumvention.

The EU will intensify its work with partners to counter false Russian narratives and disinformation, the statement said.

It said that EU leaders remain committed to supporting, along with partners, Ukraine’s repair, recovery and reconstruction by stepping up work towards the use of Russia’s frozen assets for the reconstruction of Ukraine and supporting the establishment of an international mechanism to register the damage Russia has inflicted.

The European Council took note of the recent extension of the UN Black Sea Grain Initiative, underlining the substantial EU contribution to efforts to support the export of Ukrainian food through the EU solidarity lanes, the statement said.

(Photo: Council of the EU)

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