The European Union and Ukraine will hold a summit in Kyiv on February 3 to discuss financial and military support, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said.
The statement said that Zelensky discussed the details of this meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in his first telephone conversation this year. The statement added that the parties agreed to intensify preparatory work for this summit.
The parties discussed the supply of suitable weapons and touched upon a new financial assistance program for Ukraine in the amount of 18 billion euros.
According to pro-Russian sources in Donetsk, the Ukrainian General Staff claimed responsibility for the shelling of Makiivka, which killed 78 Russian soldiers.
The Russian Defense Ministry, in turn, said that 63 people were killed as a result of the shelling of a temporary conscription camp in Makiivka, east of Donetsk.
The ministry said the Ukrainian attack was carried out by Himars high-explosive fragmentation missiles, two of which were shot down by air defense systems.
A pro-Russian security source also said that the Makiivka attack took place after recruits at the training camp were allowed to use their phones, and that Ukraine determined the recruits’ location coordinates after they used their phones.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about Russia’s long-standing plans to carry out drone attacks in order to “bleed” Ukraine. Zelensky added that Moscow is counting on the depletion of its country’s air defense forces and means.