Ukraine received a EUR 0.5bn budget support grant from the EU. The EU has disbursed $2.8bn of budget support to Ukraine since the start of the war plus $2.0 bn of support from individual member states, the total amount becomes $4.8bn, but compare with $8.5bn from the US.
The UK government sanctions Russia Central Bank Chief Elvira Nabiullina (Bloomberg). Great, because she has financially facilitated Putin's military aggression. Next, confiscate the CBR currency reserves held in the West and use them for Russian war reparations to Ukraine!
The European Council: "We firmly reject and unequivocally condemn the illegal annexation by Russia of Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions."... "We will strengthen our restrictive measures countering Russia's illegal actions." https://t.co/Pj6Teqv0Tn
My article in Kyiv Post today: "Putin appears remarkably lost in his unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine. He seems to be heading for complete failure." https://t.co/19AzOf2oir
Ukraine's public debt public debt stood at $98 bn at the end of August, which amounts to 78% of Ukraine's expected GDP in 2022. It is up from 50% at the end of 2021, largely because of plummeting GDP (Dragon Capital). Ukraine needs substantial grants from the EU!
...it also rings a warning to the Kremlin: We are clearing the Russian field so that we can bomb whatever we want over there, if you do something truly evil (which is Putin's unfortunate habit). Thank you, @POTUS, for your sound Russia & Ukraine policy!
4. Confiscate the $300 billion of Russian Central Bank reserves in the West and reserve them for Russian war reparations for Ukraine. 5. Demand that Russia returns all the 2.5 million or so Ukrainians that Russia has kidnapped & departed (if the deportees so desire).
The West needs to shape up: 1. Deliver all the weapons Ukraine needs to defeat Russia asap! 2. The EU needs to catch up with the US in its support of grants to the Ukrainian state budget. 24% inflation is too much. 3. Declare Russia a state terrorist!
As if to upset the West, he & his propagandists threaten with nukes all over Ukraine & the West without credibility. He impermissibly blows up the defunct Nord Streams.
Putin appears remarkably lost in his war in Ukraine. Like Hitler, he seems to command the troops personally (Stalin was smarter). He insists that they stay put in Kherson & Lyman & they are likely to be slaughtered or taken prisoners.