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The European Union (EU) and Ukraine signed a security agreement during Thursday’s European Council summit in Brussels.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attended the summit and signed the security pact in a ceremony with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

According to the document, the EU and its member states have so far collectively provided nearly 108 billion euros (about 115.6 billion U.S. dollars) in assistance to Ukraine.

The EU is determined to continue providing Ukraine and its people with all the necessary political, financial, economic, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support for as long as it takes and as intensely as needed, the document noted.

The EU also agreed to use the extraordinary revenue stemming from frozen Russia assets to support Ukraine, according to the agreement.

The agreement also emphasized that Ukraine should continue its reforms in line with its path towards the EU, and strengthen transparency and accountability measures concerning the assistance received.

Von der Leyen pledged on social platform X to keep delivering the weapons, military training and the aid Ukraine needs.

Zelensky noted that the signing of the pact between Ukraine and the EU is a historic choice for Europe. He stressed the hope that the EU can provide ammunition and long-range anti-air weapons to Ukraine as soon as possible and strengthen sanctions against Russia.

The pact does not deal with collective defense provisions but only with arms and other military support.

INPUTS: REUTERS

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