Some of Europe’s top diplomats gathered on Monday in Kyiv in a display
of support for Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion as signs emerge of political strain in Europe and the US over the 19-month-old war.
EU foreign ministers converged on the Ukrainian capital for an unannounced informal meeting that officials said would review the bloc’s support for Ukraine and discuss Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s proposed peace formula.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the foreign ministers’ first joint meeting outside EU borders signalled that the 27-nation bloc’s support is “unwavering”, and underscored the EU’s commitment to Ukraine.
The US, the EU and the UK have provided massive military and financial support to Ukraine, enabling it to stand up to the Kremlin’s attack.
The assistance is crucial for Ukraine’s weakened economy and has so far been open-ended.
But uncertainty has set in over how long Kyiv’s allies will keep sending it aid worth billions of dollars.