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New Pledges of Support to Ukraine Down 90 Per Cent in a Year: Report

A German research institute that tracks donations to Ukraine says pledges fell by almost 90% from fall 2022 to 2023, and levels have been declining since this summer, around the time of Kiev's “spring offensive.”

Military and financial aid commitments to Ukraine are now lower than they were before Russia invaded Ukraine again in February 2022. Kale Institute says Latest part of data published through the Ukraine Support Tracker program. Christophe Trebesch, the institute's director, said donors had become “even more hesitant in recent months” and that large-scale aid programs planned by the European Union and the United States “should be postponed further.” “President Putin's position will be significantly strengthened,'' he said.

Illustrating the degree to which aid to Ukraine is drying up, the report states that “new aid commitments reached their lowest levels from August to October 2023”, with an increase of 87% compared to the same period in 2022. He said there was also a significant decrease in percentage. It is now the lowest since January 2022, the month before Russia resumed its invasion.

The value of the pledge is not the only factor, but the person making the pledge is also important. According to the Keil Institute, of the 42 countries that have provided military equipment and financial aid to Ukraine since the start of the war, only 20 have done so in the past three months, leaving the country increasingly reliant on a small number of supporters. That means you are doing it.

“Our numbers confirm the impression that supporters have become more hesitant in recent months,” Trevesh said. Ukraine has become increasingly reliant on a small number of core donors, including Germany, the United States, and the Nordic countries, which continue to provide extensive support. ”

However, the report acknowledges that there are some problems with counting aid on a monthly pledge basis. This means that even though some of the largest pledges are set up to provide support over several years, the pledges themselves are all accounted for in that month. announced. The institute's statistics show that June's military aid commitments were so large that they amounted to more than the two months of 2023 combined, following the announcement of a new multi-year plan. .

The recession comes amid a global economic slowdown, particularly in Europe and North America, which has been hit by inflation and Ukraine's much-vaunted Spring Offensive, which has been hit hard by large amounts of donated NATO equipment. This occurred after much preparation failed to produce the expected breakthrough. for.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been vocal about dwindling gifts from countries that have supported his efforts to thwart Russian aggression. After Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel in October, President Zelenskiy has seen the level of military support he receives decline as attention and supplies are directed towards Israel to support the war against Islamism. he accused.

Prime Minister Zelenskiy met with British Foreign Secretary Sir Dave Cameron in November and said that “the world is no longer focused” on Ukraine because the focus has been divided by Hamas, adding that this month he had “not complained too much.” “I shouldn't say that,'' he said, but the president still said he didn't have “all the weapons we wanted,'' and that he needed attention after the West's focus shifted to Israel. He said he was fighting “to get attention” so that he could get more attention.

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