European assistance to Ukraine by almost all metrics is bigger than that of the US and, as Washington dithers, European leaders are stepping forward with military and financial aid to Kyiv that will likely continue for years.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, speaking at a Tallinn press conference on Thursday, said: “Freedom has to be better-armed than tyranny. Estonia has made a decision regarding long-term support, so 0.25 percent of our GDP over the next four-year period will go to Ukraine as military aid. And we hope it’s going to be an example for everybody else.”

“When it comes to blood, sweat and tears, they are entirely Ukrainian. What is required of the rest of us is clear thinking, sober determination and an entirely manageable re-allocation of resources so that Ukraine can defend itself,” Kallas said.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainians were very thankful to Estonians for their country’s “strong and unwavering” for support of soldiers and civilians under attack by Russia.

The European Union already is by far Ukraine’s most valuable source of financial support, from Jan. 2022 – Oct. 2023 donating a whopping $71.1 billion, against $25 billion sent by US taxpayers, data compiled by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy said.

Aside from the EU contribution, citizens from four of Ukraine’s staunchest developed nation allies – Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway and Japan – have financed government-to-government assistance to Ukraine totaling $26 billion, that data said.

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The high-stakes showdown comes after President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that his country desperately needs continued support from the West to defeat Russia.

The US is Ukraine’s single largest source of foreign-manufactured weapons, sending Kyiv $43.9 billion worth since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Zelensky is greeted by Estonia's President Alar Karis after his arrival in Tallinn, Estonia on Jan. 11. PHOTO: AFP

Much of the American arms have been high tech, big-ticket items like Patriot anti-aircraft systems and missiles, more than 180 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, and precision-guided, long-range strike HIMARS and ATACMS missiles.

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But a host of longtime US allies led by Germany and the United Kingdom, but also with significant contributions from Norway, Canada, Poland, Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, have promised or delivered a collective $45 billion worth of arms to Ukraine, collectively slightly more than the value of total military support sent to Kyiv by Washington.

Some of the European weaponry, much of it modern but some of it refurbished Cold War kit, has proved critical and in some cases decisive to Ukraine’s defense.

Hundreds of German Gepard Flakpanzers, a 1970s-era tank chassis armed with a pair of auto-cannon and a radar dish, has become the national lynchpin of Ukraine’s national anti-kamikaze drone network.

Modern Polish Krab and Swedish Archer self-propelled 155mm howitzers – the latter the most effective artillery piece operated by either side in the Russo-Ukraine war – are the backbone of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s (AFU) single most powerful tactical advantage over the Russian army: cannon more accurate and longer-range than in the Russian army.

In a Jan. 8 interview with CNN, Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski put into perspective the scale of non-American support to Ukraine into perspective.

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“But on contributions, let’s remember that if you compute the contributions of EU institutions and EU member states, which is how you should count it, the US and European contributions are about the same, about $75 billion each,” he said.

“And actually Poland, if you count the cost of helping Ukrainian refugees, Poland is number one in contributions on a per capita basis, in proportion to GDP. And even without that, we are number three or five.

“So a lot is being done by Europe. But of course, on the military side, the US is absolutely indispensable. And that’s why Ukraine needs this package of American help (under consideration by the US Congress). I hope that both parties in the US support it.”

 

According to the Kiel Institute, with EU contributions included, in terms of aid to Ukraine ratioed against national wealth, Lithuania and Estonian are Ukraine’s most generous donors, both Baltic nations sending 1.8 percent of their entire annual GDP to help Kyiv since Russia invaded.

Norway, Denmark and Latvia follow closely at 1.6 percent of GDP.

The United States – the world’s biggest economy – has sent Ukraine assistance in the past amounting to 0.3 percent of the total American GDP, a contribution level relative to total national income slightly less than Cyprus, Malta and Ireland.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Jan. 8 comments said that with approval of future US aid to Ukraine possibly stalled in Congress for weeks if not months, European states needed to step up more to fill the gap.

“As significant as the German contribution is, it will not be enough to ensure Ukraine's security in the long run," Scholz said at a news conference in Berlin.

“Therefore I call on allies in the European Union to strengthen their efforts regarding Ukraine. The planned weapons deliveries to Ukraine of most EU member states are not enough.”

According to US news reports on Thursday, Congressional committees on draft legislation for a 2024 $60 billion aid package to Ukraine had re-started post-holiday season meetings and made some progress, but it was not clear when a compromise draft might be completed.

But in Europe, with the specific date for approval of more US aid to Ukraine nowhere in sight, officials said their governments are moving forward.

Responding to an opinion piece by former British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warning London wasn’t moving fast enough with its own Ukraine aid package, the current Minister Grant Shapps told the Guardian newspaper Wallace “won’t be disappointed and he won’t need to wait for too long.”

In Thursday comments, Estonian President Alar Karis said Estonia will give Ukraine an additional 1.2 billion Euros ($1.318 billion) in long-term assistance, and called on larger, more powerful nations to do their part as well.

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“Ukraine needs more and better weapons,” Karis said. “The power of the military industry of the EU must be increased so that Ukraine receives what it needs, not tomorrow, but today.

“We should not have any restrictions on the supply of weapons to Ukraine. We will call on the whole world to help Ukraine in peace and democracy.”

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project 2025
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someone please tell me what is the american republicans 2025 article on wikipedia,is it for real or is it maga nonsence again

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trumpty dumpty
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do you notice trumpty dumpty spreads his fake news to the media and then runs away not answering any media questions,does the west not find that very unusual,dont they read between the lines there,its not very democratic now is it,why does he not have the balls to answer questions?

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trumpty dumpty
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how many court days does trumpty dumpty have left,i know he has jan 6th trials,he had a fraud trial just this week,that one is still ongoing,the jan 6 th trials are ongoing,are there any more trumpty trials?

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pooty to the hauge
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the ruskies came to invade ukraine,they got to have a long sleep in ukraine,pooty says all his troops are elite troops,i did not think elite troops go to sleep like that,they all sleeping in the sunflower fields

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pooty to the naughty corner
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pooty boy lost the information war,he lost the cyber war,he lost the Ukraine war i do have to say he is a looser,maybe he gets to loose the election as well,i dont even see many russian trolls left either so looks like he lost most of those as well,pooty boy can go take up golf and try and get a win there.the hauge might buy him some golf clubs

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no more trumpty dumpty
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i hear trumpty dumpty has a jan 6th virus.

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no more trumpty dumpty
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Kamila Harris or Michelle Obama for the next U.S.A president

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send Zelensky ammo
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look at the big picture,we have an idiot dictator causing unrest in Europe the world would not expect anything less but the total defeat of pooty boys army,

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send Zelensky ammo
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you need to understand Ukraines frustration yes they dont allways be politicaly correct but they have been yelling for help for two years,their country is still being invaded,i do see their frustration,Zelensky asked for fighter jets over two years ago and once again Ukraine is still being attacked when pooty boy should have been shut down,like Zelensky said,he does not need a ride out of Ukraine he needs ammo and lots of it to stop the invader

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trumpty has more court
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joe biden saved america he made the whitehouse trumpless again,trumpty dumpty wont even get to the starting gate,he should become a deputy for pooty boy he could make russia great again

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loyd
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I have been very pro-ukraine primarily due to Zelensky's courageous response to Russia's unforgivable and unjustified invasion of Ukraine but i have recently become disillusioned with Ukrainian attitude/rhetoric even though i remain virulently Anti-Russia and hope that Russia will be destroyed one day and cease to be a nation. My reason is the noticeable sense of a strong trend of arrogance, entitlement and growing Anti-American sentiments amongst many Ukrainians. some in Ukraine almost want to blame America for their situation. there is the notion that America is obligated to the defense of Ukraine as if Ukraine is a satellite state. America has already contributed the most to Ukraine's defense and survival more than any other country, including warning Ukraine of imminent attack (a warning dismissed by Zelensky at the time). America is prepared for war with Russia but is not at war with Russia and America will not go to war with Russia because of Ukraine. Ukraine must recognize that it is not entitled to America support and cannot intimidate America to come to its defense. America has its values and security interest and Ukraine should respect that and be grateful for all the help it can get from the USA. Ukraine should instead focus its energy in appealing to Europe for more support, since Europe (especially the eastern bloc such as Poland etc) are more directly threatened by Russia's war.

when is trumpty dumpties next court date
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@loyd, pooty boy is a threat to world peace,not just to Europe,and it was America who promised to protect Ukraine when the got rid of their nukes,republicans are now saying they are spending too much on Ukraine when it was them who spent over 3 trillion dollars on the gulf war,yes america has helped Ukraine but a lot more needs to be done,otherwise pooty boy will continue his illegal invasions and not only in Ukraine

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Soulful
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@loyd, i understand your feeling but at the same time US is the only reason Ukraine still exists and if US backs away it probably will mean that Ukraine will slowly lose ground and lots of people will die and the land will fall:( Europe can't fill the space after US, we can probably help them for a while but it's just the US that's are strong enough and has the brains to understand that you need to build for war to stay away from war.

Soulful
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@Soulful, and with that i was saying that i understand Ukraine’s feeling to, no backing from US and people will die and the rest needs to start speaking Russian :(

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John
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@Maddy, Okay....not sure what you are hoping to achieve with your post below "troll" Maddy. Perhaps the hope is to have readers navigate to a less reputable site where mis information is more prevalent? At any rate it does raise the question of why if really do you get 'all your news from that site', you then show up on this site....could it be solely to sow disinformation in the forums?



As for myself, I like to cover the news field more broadly. I start with APnews, Reuters, BBC News and Al Jazeera, and then for a sprinkling of sadly what has become the "Land of the Divided", I try to find something Ukraine related to click on initially on either FOX or CNN. However since they both seem to focus mostly on other pointless crap, I have since started tuning into ABC News, or NBC News or NPR news. I get news in Canada mostly from my TV, and occasionally CBC, Global or the National Post websites. On the Ukraine front I look to KyivPost or the English version of ‘Ukranews’....a few others as well, but always longstanding, historically at least, credible news sources. 



Its' never a good idea to draw conclusions from news sourced from just one provider. Also it must be a challenge for those in russia to get factual news as they’ve apparently all become simply putin regime’s propaganda outlets.

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where did huston go
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huston com check,anyone home,com check,i geuss no ones home as they are still arguing about trumpty dumpty,Europe to the rescue.

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pootin is idiot
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its in everyones interest to stop pootin in Ukraine,its no time to fall asleep at the wheel,the captain must steer the ship

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