During July, the six largest European countries did not offer Ukraine new bilateral military commitments - this is the first month since the invasion of Russia in February. This was reported by Politico with reference to data from the Kiel Institute of the World Economy.
The publication notes: this is a sign that, despite historic changes in European defense policy, military aid to Ukraine appears to be decreasing just as Kyiv is launching a decisive counteroffensive.
The latest data from the Kiel Institute for World Economics, which tracks support for Ukraine during the war, covers the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland and is due to be published on Thursday.
The head of the group that monitors support for Ukraine, Christoph Trebesh, noted: these organizations show that commitments to European military aid to Ukraine have a tendency to decrease since the end of April.
"Despite the fact that the war has entered a critical phase, new relief initiatives have ended," he said.
Ukraine's Western allies met last week in Copenhagen to raise €1.5 billion in military aid commitments to the Ukrainian military. But Trebesh noted that this number is "small compared to what was collected at previous conferences."
Trebesh emphasized that European countries should consider the war in Ukraine as something more similar to the crisis in the Eurozone or the coronavirus pandemic. These two events prompted the continent to channel hundreds of billions into emergency financing measures.
For example, the EU recovery fund after the coronavirus pandemic covers approximately 800 billion euros in loans and grants. The total European aid to Ukraine so far is only a small part of this amount. According to Trebesh, "it's surprisingly little, given what's at stake."