– Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis discussed the Russia–Ukraine conflict and new aid for kyiv on Friday, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
Speaking at a news conference after their talks, Shmyhal said Russia’s attacks have disabled about 50 percent of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
Due to the current energy crisis, Ukraine needs more support from partners, including the supply of energy equipment and additional financial assistance, Shmyhal said.
For his part, Dombrovskis said the European Union (EU) plans to provide up to 18 billion euros (about 18.65 billion US dollars) in financial aid to Ukraine next year.
The assistance will be approved next month, and Ukraine may receive the first tranche in January 2023, Dombrovskis said.
Dombrovskis arrived in kyiv earlier in the day for talks with Ukrainian authorities. ■