The President of Ukraine calls on EU leaders to fulfill their commitments on arms as a security agreement is inked.

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The President of Ukraine calls on EU leaders to fulfill their commitments on arms as a security agreement is inked.

BRUSSELS (AP) — On Thursday, the president of Ukraine urged the leaders of the European Union to honor their commitment to arm his war-torn nation with military hardware, as the bloc promised to sustain the Kyiv administration for an extended period of time.

The leader of Ukraine calls on EU leaders to fulfill their commitments on arms as a security agreement is inked.

At an EU summit in Brussels, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the leaders, “Fulfillment of every promise is important, not only in terms of protecting lives but also to destroy the Russian illusion that they will achieve something by war.”

Before Ukraine’s armed forces are strengthened by promised new Western military aid, some of which is pouring in, Russian forces are attempting to maintain their military superiority in terms of both personnel strength and arsenal.

While expressing gratitude to the nations that have pledged supplies, Zelenskyy emphasized that “we need them urgently on the battlefield.” In addition, he requested additional assistance for “the urgent things -– air defense, that is one.”

A 12-page document with the leaders’ “joint security commitments” was signed by Zelenskyy and them. It basically sums up the financial, military, and other support that the 27-member bloc has provided to the nation ever since Russian soldiers invaded in February 2022.

In addition, it promises to support the removal of mines, reform security and law enforcement, energy security, nuclear safety, and assist in reconstructing the damaged hospitals, buildings, and infrastructure of Ukraine. It also promises to prosecute those suspected of committing war crimes accountable.

In order to become a member of the EU, Ukraine pledged to respect European ideals and carry out its reform program, which included giving civilian leadership of its armed forces. Additionally, it promised to increase accountability and openness in how it uses EU assistance.

Similar bilateral agreements have already been reached by a number of nations with Ukraine, promising long-term support to Kyiv even when its conflict with Russia ends. One such agreement, which will be in effect for the next ten years, was signed earlier this month by Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden.

A decade after Russian troops seized the Crimean Peninsula to prevent the nation from drawing closer to the West, the EU signed a treaty the same week that it began membership discussions with Ukraine. This was one of several events that led to the two neighbors going to war.

Zelenskyy thanked the EU for approving it and told reporters, “We waited for this for a long period of time.”

The widespread corruption in Ukraine is of particular concern to the bloc, and it needs to be addressed before the nation can accede. It’s likely that the admission process will take a few years.

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