Factbox-Spurned a NATO invitation, Ukraine still reaps rewards at summit

Although they dashed Kyiv’s hopes for an immediate invitation, NATO leaders at this week’s summit in Vilnius agreed Ukraine should be allowed to join the military alliance at some point in the future.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was miffed by the cautious announcement regarding Ukraine’s entry into NATO. However, despite 16 months of conflict since Russia began what it calls its special military operation, his nation is still expected to leave the summit with some concrete benefits.

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The primary obligations made to Ukraine in connection with the meeting are listed below.

HURDLE REMOVED BUT NO INVITE

While NATO refrained from issuing an official invitation right away, it did waive the need for Ukraine to complete what is known as a Membership Action Plan (MAP), thus removing a roadblock in the way of Kyiv’s membership in the alliance.

On Wednesday, the inaugural meeting of the new NATO-Ukraine Council was held. This new structure aims to enhance coordination between Kyiv and the 31-nation alliance. NATO nations also vowed to support Ukraine for “as long as it takes” in a statement.

CERTAINTY OF SECURITY

An international framework that would enable long-term security guarantees for Ukraine, strengthen its defenses against Russia, and prevent Moscow from further aggression is expected to be announced by the G7, according to authorities.

French miscreants

Long-range cruise missiles with a range of 250 km (155 miles) will be provided to Ukraine alongside Britain, enabling Ukrainian forces to strike Russian personnel and supplies positioned far behind front lines.

A French military source informed reporters that the missiles would be from current French military supplies and that there would be a “significant number” of them.

BRITISH ARMOR AND VEHICLES

More than 70 combat and logistical vehicles, tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition for Challenger 2 tanks, and a 50 million pound ($65 million) support package for equipment repair have all been promised by Britain to Ukraine.

A initiative to construct a medical rehabilitation facility for Ukrainian soldiers will also be started by Britain through NATO.

TRAINING FOR F-16

In August, a coalition of 11 countries will begin training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets in Denmark. A training facility will also be established in Romania.

Even if it hasn’t been decided, if supply of the fighter jets are agreed upon, the training program should prepare Ukrainian pilots and service members to utilize F-16s in battle by early next year.

DANISH PATRIOTS

A 700 million euro ($770 million) military aid plan for Ukraine has been finalized by the German government. It includes two Patriot launchers from Bundeswehr stock, 40 more Marder infantry fighting vehicles, more battle tanks, and ammunition.

Norwegian backing

This year, Norway will increase its military assistance to Ukraine by 2.5 billion crowns ($239 million).

YEAR-LONG PROGRAM

The alliance decided to expand the Comprehensive support Package (CAP), which provides Ukraine with non-lethal support and has already received 500 million euros in commitments, into a multi-year initiative.